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Powerless to prevent catastrophic bushfires? No, we’re not. We can stop bushfires from occurring with community involvement
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Powerless to prevent catastrophic bushfires? No, we’re not. We can stop bushfires from occurring with community involvement

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The fires devastating our communities on the eastern seaboard are covering more than a million hectares even before we reach summer. They are, as predicted, joining and growing into mega-fires. Mega-fires create their own unpredictable internal weather systems; they can be as hot as a Bunsen burner at 100 metres, and they’ll overwhelm and engulf […]

Taking the sting out of health infrastructure and reform. How investing in soft infrastructure supports front-line innovation into cost-effective, affordable healthcare
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Taking the sting out of health infrastructure and reform. How investing in soft infrastructure supports front-line innovation into cost-effective, affordable healthcare

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With calls for more investment in infrastructure to help stimulate the Australian economy, it's also time for policymakers to think beyond traditional views of what this infrastructure might be. This means considering infrastructure that helps the process of reform in the economy. If we are strategic, it should also prepare Australia for some of the disruptions that are coming toward us — particularly in healthcare.

Understand the context and motivations behind the minister’s request, recommends Gillard CoS Ben Hubbard — and don’t be an ‘adviser denier’
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Understand the context and motivations behind the minister’s request, recommends Gillard CoS Ben Hubbard — and don’t be an ‘adviser denier’

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Ben Hubbard twice worked as chief of staff to Julia Gillard — in separate stints as deputy prime minister and PM. He was CEO of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, coordinating recovery efforts after the Black Saturday fires. He also worked for Victorian premiers John Brumby and Steve Bracks. He discusses public servants working with the minister's office, how to be a CoS, and fixing the staffer system.

Progress and adoption of AI governance across the world is varied. An Office for AI could help Australia harness artificial intelligence
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Progress and adoption of AI governance across the world is varied. An Office for AI could help Australia harness artificial intelligence

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AI is an incredibly complex and rapidly evolving area that needs stewardship not only to effectively navigate and facilitate developments but also to make sure risks are managed with the appropriate regulations and measures. Mike Erskine discusses how we can harness the potential of AI systems without exacerbating existing inequalities and biases. 

How to change the world with HR: tips on taking people management to the next level from the new APS head of profession and her corporate-affairs counterparts
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How to change the world with HR: tips on taking people management to the next level from the new APS head of profession and her corporate-affairs counterparts

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Jacqui Curtis hit the ground running on her first day as inaugural head of the human resources profession within the Australian Public Service, offering the benefit of her experience in people management at the strategic level in a speech to about 1100 public servants. “It’s you who ultimately have the most skin in the game […]

Innovation: a little less conversation, a little more action. How to make innovation something we do, not just something we talk about
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Innovation: a little less conversation, a little more action. How to make innovation something we do, not just something we talk about

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Brenton Caffin compares his experience of public innovation in Australia and overseas, and whether innovation's chequered history in Australia can be overcome to prove its worth to service delivery. He champions an innovation-through-action approach, and explores the experience of embedding innovative skills and practices through the lens of a project team in Western Australia.