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  • 01 Jul 2015

    The price of reward

    The month’s debate considers the government’s proposal to abolish dividend imputation. Three industry figures share their views. Tony Berg AM FAICD executive director, Gresham Partners and chair of AICD’S Corporate Governance Committee I campaigned for dividend imputation in t...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Economic strife

    The latest Director Sentiment Index shows faith in the economy and business outlook is faltering as the Federal Government’s efforts to implement policies remain hamstrung by a hostile Senate. Tony Featherstone reports. Company directors have become more pessimistic about Australia’s e...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Risk assessment

    An ability to govern through periods of intense volatility has become a bigger asset for boards. Domini Stuart considers how identification, assessment and understanding of a growing range of risks has become paramount. Uncertainty and the pace of change are challenging boards around the world. KPM...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    ASEAN The next horizon

    Glenn Maguire explains why Southeast Asia has the potential to become one of the world’s key manufacturing hubs in the next decade. As the Chinese economy continues to slow after offering over a decade of bountiful support to the Australian and New Zealand economies, many regional observers...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Advocacy update

    Federal Budget updates As part of our commitment to keep members informed on the important issues that impact them, we sent a number of updates following the Federal Budget in May. In our view, the Budget was a good one for business, based on boosting small business with tax cuts and investment supp...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Mixing it up

    Diversifying board composition can help organisations improve performance. Professor Paul Kerin explains how boards can achieve the perfect balance. We would probably all agree that diversity makes boards better. But diversity has many dimensions: degree of independence, skills, experience, gender,...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    The elixir of youth

    Have boardrooms become predictable? Kath Walters asks whether organisations should be actively looking to recruit younger directors.  People are living longer than ever before in this amazing age of technology and change, but companies are dying in their teens. Admittedly the global financia...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    In search of knowledge

    Domini Stuart considers the latest trends in MBA programs across Australian universities and asks how they are adapting to a changing market. In 2008, three Harvard professors challenged the value of the Master of Business Administration (MBA). In their book Rethinking the MBA they suggested that ...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Fighting back

    Domini Stuart examines the governance challenges facing not-for-profit organisations and finds a sector determined to succeed in the face of adversity. These are tough times for the boards of not-for-profit (NFP) organisations. State and federal government funding cuts and increased competition ar...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Avoid the pitfalls

    For a new director, a carefully crafted 90-day plan makes for a smoother transition to governance and adds more value in the first year on a board. Tony Featherstone reports. An aspiring director, eager to impress, attends his first board meeting armed with a laptop and a long list of questions. I...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Tread with caution

    The onerous insolvent trading and related provisions of the Corporations Act does not provide directors with much room for comfort, writes Professor Bob Baxt. When I discuss questions of what are the most pressing legislative rules that impact on the life of a director on a day-to-day basis, it do...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Agenda

    A round-up of the latest news for directors. Risk-management committees Remuneration and governance consulting firm Egan Associates believes boards are still not adequately recognising risk management in director or executive accountability, or sufficiently incorporating it in role descriptions or ...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    The emerging tech bourse

    The growing number of technology companies successfully listing on the ASX brings rewards for the local financial markets and its investors, writes Max Cunningham. In mid-2013, as the initial public offering (IPO) market was opening up internationally after an extended lull, the ASX received word ...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    A call for reform

    John Brogden reflects on the recent findings from the Director Setiment Index and directors' appetite for significant policy reform.  It is time for a serious national conversation about our important political processes and their abject failure to facilitate policy change in recent years. Gove...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Food for thought

    Tasmania-based infant food producer and distributor, Bellamy’s Organic, has grown from humble beginnings to become an international company. Leon Gettler looks at the role of the chief executive officer and chair in the organisation’s stellar success. Laura McBain MAICD, the managing d...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Our place in Asia

    Phil Ruthven considers the growing global dominance of the Asia-Pacific region and asks whether Australia should do more to stake its claim as a key player. Australia’s home region for the 21st century and beyond is clearly Asia-Pacific, the largest and most populous of the world’s eigh...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Richard White

    A strong acquisition strategy and bold ambition has helped make WiseTech Global a truly international company, writes Leon Gettler. Software developer WiseTech Global is expected to list on ASX later this year. WiseTech specialises in making freight and logistics software under the CargoWise brand...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Contingency fees coming to Australia

    Damian Grave and Maura McIntosh look at the Productivity Commission’s recent recommendation to lift the ban on contingency fees and consider the potential impact for major corporates in Australia. In December last year, the Productivity Commission (the Commission) published its final report ...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    A matter of confidence

    John Price considers the balance between growth and stability and encourages boards to challenge the assumption that regulation inhibits innovation. The Australian Investments and Securities Commission’s (ASIC’s) annual forum this year focused on “Creating confidence to grow&rdqu...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Get the numbers right

    In this instalment of the Company Director accounting insight series, Nicci Steele explains how to calculate the true value of assets. How confident are you that the value of the assets on your company’s balance sheet is justifiable? This is a question for all directors. Prior to each profi...

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