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As the Olympics draws to a close there will be an outcry about the performance of the team, the strategy, and the funding. It is predictable. Olympic Games – 2016 – Australian Performance Gold Silver Bronze 8 10 11 Just to complete the story so we are balanced in our view we might consider some […]

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  It might surprise most Australians to know that our nation has had 11 Nobel Prize winners.   Year Name Domain 1915 William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg Physics 1945 Howard Walter Florey Physiology or medicine 1960 Frank Macfarlane Burnett Physiology or medicine 1963 John Carew Eccles Physiology or Medicine 1964 Aleksandr Mikhailovich Prokhorov Physics […]

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The debate about Free Trade v Protection is as old as the Australian Federation. The question then was about the survival of Australia. What is the question now? There are two major examples of this debate on the table as I write this. The offer to buy Pac Brands by Hanes Brands a US company […]

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The recent announcement about the submarines in SA is a sign the Government is serious about something. Jobs in SA Jobs in Australia Winning an election (or just some seats in SA) It has a focus on Defence – a major rationale for Federation in Australia It is genuinely interested in Industry Development in Australia […]

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In my last Blog I wrote about the Megatrends affecting Australia’s Future. In that Blog a number of mega trends were named The Silk Highway and Great Expectations are just two. These trends are especially visible when one looks at Asia. There is no doubt that Australia is becoming closely linked to Asia and the implications […]

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It is fair to say that Disruption is one of  the business words of the decade. Since 2010 CSIRO has produced a paper on Future trends. Our Future World 2010 CSIRO In this document it published its initial findings on some of the Trends affecting the Future both Globally and Locally. These  trends were identified […]

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In the mid –eighties Ernst and Young (Arthur Young) had an Innovation Questionnaire titled -Innovation Management Needs Analysis. It was the early days of Management Consulting in the “Big Eight” which quickly became the “Big Four”. In the introduction of that survey was a line that stated: “In the majority of companies, the issue is […]

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In my recent reading on Innovation I rediscovered a book, Ideas for a Nation by Donald Horne. (Pan Books Australia 1989.)   It Couldn’t Happen Here (Pragmatism Unmasked) Chapter 24 highlights a series of decisions made by Government in another time. I have reproduced it for this Blog. It is an amazing story. “The following five horror stories were […]

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“Almost certainly, Australia will be a Eurasian society by the end of this century, with a population of about 72 million by 2100 if growth stays at a modest 1.3% per annum (much less than in the 20th century).” IBIS World Where Knowledge is Power May 2014. Australia Day is the one-day in the year […]

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