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Torbay calls for alternative regional government

By Adam Coleman in Coffs Harbour, NSW NSW Legislative Assembly Speaker, Richard Torbay surprised few people when he borrowed a quote from a former Prime Minister and told local government representatives “the Federal and state governments are doing you slowly”. Speaking at the Local Government Association of SNW annual conference in Coffs Harbour, Mr Torbay […]

Government News Federal Election Portal

If you arrived at this site in the hope of keeping track of the 2007 Australian Federal Election, fear not, we have compiled an extensive but by no means definitive list of the best sites to keep you up to date and involved in Australia’s most important race. Feel free to email through any further […]

Queensland council plebiscites delayed

By Staff Writer The Australian Electoral Commission announced yesterday (October 15) that  it will not be conducting council plebiscites in Queensland until after the 2007 federal election on November 24, 2007. Electoral Commissioner Ian Campbell says at this stage the AEC is planning to send out postal ballots to reach voters for the plebiscites in […]

NSW Government-owned buildings rate highly

By Staff Writer More than 80 per cent of NSW Government-owned offices rate 3 stars or above for energy efficiency, with 20 per cent rating the highest 5 stars, according to NSW Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water, Phil Koperburg. Mr Kopertburg says a snapshot of energy performance and the status of water and […]

Close airports or face pandemic influenza

By Adam Coleman Recent experiences suggest border security measures will be ineffective in keeping out pandemic influenza and the only effective approach for health officials following an outbreak is to stop international flights from arriving. That is the view of the Australian Homeland Security Research Centre, a non-partisan think-tank on domestic security. While the influenza […]

Melbourne plans to half water use this summer

By Staff Writer The City of Melbourne has outlined an ambitious plan to achieve a minimum 50 per cent reduction in its water use this summer. The council’s $4.5m drought relief commitment includes a wide range of water saving initiatives to protect Melbourne’s parks and gardens. City of Melbourne Lord Mayor John So says the […]

Triple-bottom line housing project

By Lucinda Dean Latrobe City Council in Victoria has an award-winning idea to spark new life into the Valley’s ageing public housing estates while providing training and employment in building construction to the region’s long-term unemployed. The council’s “Our Future Our Place” project will build low-cost, environmentally friendly houses for private sale on vacant blocks […]

Council tells illegal posters where to stick it

By Staff Writer The City of Sydney will try to reduce the number of illegal bill posters affixed to city street poles by installing poster pillars where the public can legally put up posters for up to a week. The proposal was similar to poster pillars used in Paris and Berlin, the council said. The City […]

ICAC finds corrupt conduct against RTA official

By Staff Writer NSW’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has found an Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW (RTA) Registry Services manager engaged in corrupt conduct by unlawfully helping applicants to obtain driver licences.   The ICAC’s Report on an investigation into corrupt issuing of driver licences, tabled in Parliament this week, found  the RTA employee’s corrupt actions resulted in a significant […]

Achieving peak performance

By Lucinda Dean In recent years, the idea of the ‘manager as coach’ has gained currency within human resources circles – stretching the managerial role to take on the attributes of a coach. In an organisation, the coach works with its team to identify work-oriented goals and helps the team to attain them. Melbourne Water […]

Victoria proposes National Framework for Sustainable Government Office Building

By Staff Writer Victorian Finance Minister Tim Holding called for a national agreement to improve the sustainability of government office buildings around the country. At a meeting of state and territory finance ministers last week, Mr Holding challenged his fellow minister’s to provide leadership in sustainability to the construction and commercial industry. “Collectively, state governments […]

Exacting revenge on the ‘taxman’

By Staff Writer A Monash University study has revealed more than a third of Australian men have had a bad experience with the ‘taxman’. In the first part of a study undertaken by Department of Business Law and Taxation senior lecturer, Ken Devos, 300 Australian taxpayers were surveyed to investigate the relationship between demographics and […]

On the record

By Staff Writer The Australian Government’s Management Advisory Committee (MAC) recently released a report called Note for File: A Report on Recordkeeping in the Australian Public Service. It responds to the challenge faced by the Australian Public Service (APS) agencies in managing records given the complexity of information in the modern world, changes in technology […]

Skilled women take the lead in WA

By Staff Writers The West Australian Government has released a three-year plan to attract and retain skilled and talented women in leadership positions across government agencies. Taking the Lead: Women in the Workforce aims to increase the number of women in leadership roles in the public sector over the next three years. In the Western […]