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Grattan on Friday: Can the Albanese government show muscle in Indigenous policy? One test is coming next week

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney says Tuesday’s statement will “commit to new actions that focus on making a practical difference”.

Key Points: 
  • Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney says Tuesday’s statement will “commit to new actions that focus on making a practical difference”.
  • Equally, ambitions to transform how decisions are made and delivered have so far proved beyond governments.
  • But the review’s “overarching finding” is that there’s been “no systematic approach to determining what strategies need to be implemented to disrupt business-as-usual of governments”.
  • He points out that the 1967 referendum was about giving the Commonwealth power to make policy for Australia’s Indigenous people.
  • Another initiative he suggests is expanding the Indigenous workforce in the community services sector, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
  • On another front, Albanese has it in his power to make one desirable gesture.
  • The governor-generalship comes up soon, and an Indigenous appointment would be appropriate and welcome.


Michelle Grattan does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Erin West; Watchlist Internet; BBB Win at Scam Fighter of the Year Awards

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Collecting her award, West said, "I can't stop, won't stop, until the day I open my email box and find it empty.

Key Points: 
  • Collecting her award, West said, "I can't stop, won't stop, until the day I open my email box and find it empty.
  • Winner: Watchlist Internet, Austria-based internet safety platform recognized for its comprehensive approach to providing insights into internet scams and frauds.
  • "Runners-up: BlockchainUnmasked; Trilogy Media
    Winner: BBB Scam Tracker (Better Business Bureau), scam reporting and identification tool awarded for its significant impact in empowering consumers to report and avoid scams.
  • BBB Executive Director, Melissa Trumpower, stated, "We're incredibly proud of BBB Scam Tracker and grateful for this recognition.

Grattan on Friday: When Labor states don't dance to the Albanese government's tune

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

It’s helpful for the Albanese government to have all mainland states in Labor hands – but only up to a point.

Key Points: 
  • It’s helpful for the Albanese government to have all mainland states in Labor hands – but only up to a point.
  • In May, the government announced a 90-day review of the $120 billion infrastructure pipeline it inherited from the Coalition.
  • The government’s aim was to reduce the number of projects (many of them small) and rearrange priorities.
  • The political difficulties of abolishing or changing projects, often involving negotiation with states and territories, are obvious enough.
  • The government has received its stocktake, and Treasurer Jim Chalmers says the overall cost of the program has blown out by some $33 billion.
  • Being pushed into minority is something Albanese – a senior figure in the minority Gillard government – would want to avoid at all costs.
  • The challenge of keeping out of minority increases the importance of the “ground game” in Labor’s marginal electorates.


Michelle Grattan does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Is it finally time to ban junk food advertising? A new bill could improve kids' health

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Monday, June 19, 2023

Today independent MP and former GP Sophie Scamps will introduce a bill into federal parliament that would restrict junk food advertisements aimed at children.

Key Points: 
  • Today independent MP and former GP Sophie Scamps will introduce a bill into federal parliament that would restrict junk food advertisements aimed at children.
  • The bill would target advertising for unhealthy foods Australia’s health ministers have previously defined, including sugar-sweetened drinks, confectionary and unhealthy fast food meals.
  • This isn’t the first time a ban on junk food advertising has been floated.

Why now?

    • Back in 2009, the Australian National Preventive Health Agency recommended them, and they have long been recommended by the World Health Organization.
    • They’re supported by evidence that advertising influences children’s diets and preferences, driving cravings and feelings of hunger.
    • That’s probably one reason two thirds of Australians support bans on junk food advertising during children’s viewing hours.

What’s taking so long?

    • When health bodies started calling for advertising restrictions nearly 15 years ago, the industry promptly came up with a plan of its own.
    • Optional codes of conduct were drawn up for “responsible advertising and marketing to children”.
    • While countries with mandatory policies have seen junk food consumption fall, it has increased in countries where the industry sets the rules.

It’s time to make healthy choices easier

    • Unhealthy food choices are shaped by things like time pressures, cost of living pressures, the availability of fresh food and the marketing adults and children are constantly bombarded with.
    • That’s why governments need to make healthy choices cheaper, more convenient and more appealing, so that they can compete with unhealthy options.

Essity invests in world's first tissue machine running on geothermal steam

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

STOCKHOLM, Oct. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/-- Essity is investing in enhanced efficiency in the company's site in Kawerau, New Zealand, including the world's first tissue machine running a fully geothermal steam drying process.

Key Points: 
  • STOCKHOLM, Oct. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/-- Essity is investing in enhanced efficiency in the company's site in Kawerau, New Zealand, including the world's first tissue machine running a fully geothermal steam drying process.
  • "We're setting new industry standards when it comes to sustainable tissue production.
  • Investing in the world's first tissue machine running a fully geothermal steam process is groundbreaking.
  • The production of tissue from geothermal steam is part of Essity's work to use less energy and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Essity invests in world's first tissue machine running on geothermal steam

Retrieved on: 
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

STOCKHOLM, Oct. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/-- Essity is investing in enhanced efficiency in the company's site in Kawerau, New Zealand, including the world's first tissue machine running a fully geothermal steam drying process.

Key Points: 
  • STOCKHOLM, Oct. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/-- Essity is investing in enhanced efficiency in the company's site in Kawerau, New Zealand, including the world's first tissue machine running a fully geothermal steam drying process.
  • "We're setting new industry standards when it comes to sustainable tissue production.
  • Investing in the world's first tissue machine running a fully geothermal steam process is groundbreaking.
  • The production of tissue from geothermal steam is part of Essity's work to use less energy and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Quantum Brilliance Raises $9.7 Million Seed Funding to Advance Diamond Quantum Accelerator Development and Deployment

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Quantum Brilliance , a venture-backed Australian-German full-stack quantum accelerator startup, today announced closing a USD$9.7 million seed investment co-led by the QxBranch founders and Main Sequence investment consortium.

Key Points: 
  • Quantum Brilliance , a venture-backed Australian-German full-stack quantum accelerator startup, today announced closing a USD$9.7 million seed investment co-led by the QxBranch founders and Main Sequence investment consortium.
  • Quantum Brilliance harnesses synthetic diamonds to build quantum accelerators that do not require near absolute zero temperature or complex laser systems to operate like mainframe quantum computers.
  • Quantum Brilliance is one of only a few companies worldwide already able to deliver quantum computing systems for customers to operate on-site today.
  • Founded in 2019, Quantum Brilliance is a venture-backed Australian-German quantum computing hardware company, providing diamond quantum accelerators supported by a full stack of software and application tools.