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  • 01 Aug 2014

    Q and A with Babette Bensoussan

    Babette Bensoussan explains how directors can better use the internet to inform their decision-making and how online networks could evolve as vehicles for knowledge exchange in the future. Company Director (CD): What is your background? Babette Bensoussan (BB): I am perhaps best known as an inter...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    Building up meaningful board packs

    Directors have always had to rely on what management tells them, but they have never been more concerned about the quality of their board packs. “We’ve certainly seen increasing pressure on boards to perform and I think that’s made them think more carefully about the quality of ...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    All on board for the infrastructure boom

    Billions of dollars in opportunities could be up for grabs from Australia’s looming infrastructure investment boom. Domini Stuart warns that directors need to start asking questions now if they want their companies to benefit. For the first time in recent history it seems the infrastructure ...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    Still too many reporting laggards

    Tony Featherstone explains how new regulations are lifting the bar on “we’re too small” excuses. The governance gap between large and smaller listed companies is widening in too many areas. Sustainability reporting is an example. As large companies disclose more information on th...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    DPD How are you tracking

    A reminder of some of the main features of our Director Professional Development program. We would like to remind you of some features of our Director Professional Development (DPD) system to help you to understand how you can accrue, record or check your DPD unit status. The good news is that y...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    Landing like an eagle in the USA

    With the US economy finally recovering, Christopher Niesche provides some tips on how to target this highly competitive market. After years of standing still, the US economy is finally gaining traction and bouncing back from the global financial crisis (GFC). With the improved prospects come oppor...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    Q and A with Kate George

    Part of the Stolen Generations, the prominent indigenous director talks to Tony Featherstone about how indigenous governance and living standards can be lifted in Australia. The journey towards directorship often begins from an executive position in a capital city. Kate George’s journey be...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    On the way out

    Tony Featherstone reports on the many challenges faced by public sector directors as more and more government bodies get the axe as part of the Smaller Government Reform Agenda. Emeritus Professor Margaret Seares AO FAICD knew the Education Investment Fund Advisory Board was in trouble when the Na...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    Taxing times

    John M Green reviews the two sides of the tax coin. August is when corporate Australia lays out a buffet of data with our year-end or half-year accounts. Keen investors will pick at our bottom lines, munch on their make-up and chew on the likely trends. But one line-item is increasingly getting ...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    Protecting your rights

    Professor Bob Baxt details what we can expect from the Australian Law Reform Commission’s review into the freedoms and privileges enjoyed by Australians. Directors and officers of companies will generally be pleased to learn that the much anticipated government reference to the Australian La...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    Safeguarding critical infrastructure

    A panel discussion recently focused on how energy and utility organisations can head off major cyber threats. Hosted by Company Directors and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, it provided plenty of insights for all types of organisations. Zilla Efrat reports. Picture this: Your city has had no ele...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    More than just cost cutting

    Matthew Sainsbury provides some tips on how to restructure your business successfully ahead of an eventual rise in Australian business confidence. Business confidence and the economic climate remain very sketchy in Australia and the flow-on effect from struggling sectors is affecting the ability o...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    Relating to different generations

    Phil Ruthven believes we will have to deal with more differences between the generations as we progress further into the 21st century and enjoy longer lives. In the long distant past, over 50 years ago, it was tricky enough to be on the same wavelength when there were only three or four generations...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    From conformance to performance

    John H C Colvin argues that the Honest and Reasonable Director Defence, developed by Company Directors, will encourage better corporate performance and improve the regulatory environment. As Australia tries to increase productivity and competitiveness, we must acknowledge in our policy settings th...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    Do you know who you are dealing with

    Greg Tanzer explains how ASIC’s new smartphone application will help SME directors make simple checks before they enter into business transactions with other parties. What you see on the surface is not always what you get when it comes to dealing with another business. All directors, regardl...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    Policy Update

    A monthly review of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ policy and advocacy team’s key projects and issues. A number of recent federal government inquiries have a direct impact on the director community and the regulatory environment in which it operates. We have provided a ...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    A roadmap to build your business

    Company Directors and KPMG have launched a unique program to support the needs of owners and directors of small to medium-sized businesses.  Business owners are busy people primarily concerned about the day-to-day running and the long-term future of their businesses. Many have become directo...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    Lessons from the Hitler Diaries fiasco

    Greg Carroll and Lee J Finniear argue that a blurring of the lines between risk culture and organisational culture can have a detrimental effect on good governance. The real purpose of risk culture is to provide objective oversight against established biases. Therefore, an independent risk culture...

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  • 01 Jul 2014

    Budget inflicts big loss on business community

    A monthly review of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ policy and advocacy team’s key projects and issues. CAMAC Abolition Following the Budget, we communicated our disappointment to the federal government about its intention to abolish the Corporations and Markets Advis...

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  • 01 Jul 2014

    Visiting the frontline

    High-performing boards are well informed boards. Robyn Weatherley believes that getting out of the boardroom to see your organisation’s operations is a must for every director. The calendar demands on today’s directors, particularly on those holding multiple appointments, is much great...

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