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  • 01 Oct 2014

    ICAC throws up challenges

    A recent ruling that directors may have engaged in corrupt conduct may not be sufficient to sustain an allegation of a breach of the Corporations Act, writes Professor Bob Baxt. The years 2013 and 2014 will certainly go down in history as “highlight years” of the controversial NSW Inde...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    Safeguarding employees

    A recent landmark federal court ruling could result in a spike in sexual harassment claims in the workplace, says Matthew Orr. It is widely anticipated that sexual harassment claims against employers will rise in the wake of a recent federal court decision. In that case, the court ordered Oracle ...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    Understanding history and culture

    The Company Directors Course for Indigenous Business Leaders continues to meet the unique needs of communities in Western Australia. As Company Directors’ continues to break new ground in policy and programs that foster good governance practice in Australian business, one niche area that ha...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    A cautionary tale

    Andrew Morrison and Yudi New examine the outcome of a recent court case that could have great significance for the future of entrepreneurial class actions. In April this year the Productivity Commission published a range of draft recommendations concerning access to justice, including the funding...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    Moving beyond the boardroom

    The evolution of cyber crime means criminals are now personally targeting executives and directors as well as businesses, writes Matthew Sainsbury.  Malware (short for malicious software), viruses and the physical security of the boardroom are the least of a company director’s security...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    Q and A with Phillip Di Bella

    The Queensland coffee king talks to Tony Featherstone about his plans for international expansion and why he believes there will be more start-up entrepreneurs on big company boards in the next few years. There is a view that directors should join formal or advisory boards of high-growth small ven...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    Planning for growth

    The number of Australian companies considering mergers and acquisitions as a potential growth strategy is steadily rising. Domini Stuart discovers what businesses need to consider before embarking on the acquisition trail. Ready access to low-interest finance, strong interest from overseas buyers,...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    The boardroom and the tablet

    The explosion of iPads and other mobile devices in the boardroom has opened up opportunities for many directors and executives. Matthew Sainsbury considers the pros and cons of this emerging technology. It is hard to believe that the first iPad was released just four years ago (on 28 May 2010). W...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    No to superfluous service providers

    Tony Featherstone explains why outsourcing board governance functions would not be advantageous. Allan Gray Australia managing director, Simon Marais, believes boards should put forward a few candidates for shareholders to choose from when voting on director appointments, rather than nominating on...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    The phoenix war

    The corporate watchdog has upped the ante when it comes to targeting illegal phoenix firms by broadening its scope to include the building and construction sector, writes Greg Tanzer. Readers of this magazine know that the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)has been cracking dow...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    CEOs and sentinels

    John M Green suggests boards do not always talk to management as effectively as they might. Corporations can be like hospitals. Say you are wheeled into an operating theatre for a knee replacement but when you shake off your anesthesia you discover they have amputated your leg. What would the hosp...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    Financial System Inquiry update

    A monthly review of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ policy and advocacy team’s key projects and issues. In August, we lodged a submission with the federal Treasury in response to the Financial System Inquiry’s interim report. As per our first submission to the inq...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    Q and A with Anne Skipper

    The course facilitator shares her passion for governance and outlines the challenges and opportunities facing directors. Company Director (CD): What is your background and how did you come to be a facilitator? Anne Skipper (AS): My original profession was nursing which morphed into a career in p...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    The lucky country

    As the Asia-Pacific region continues to become a more dominant player on the global stage, Phil Ruthven considers the benefits this will offer Australia in the future. Australia’s net assets, or its wealth, were valued at around $9.8 trillion in the 2013 fiscal year, and will probably be va...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    Big ambition

    Vaughan Bowen has come a long way since his early days as a start-up entrepreneur. He talks to Angela Faherty about how he helped to build a billion-dollar company and what he has learnt along the way. M2 executive director, Vaughan Bowen MAICD, has risen rapidly through the ranks of telecommunica...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    Creating opportunity

    Removing the obstacles that block business creativity and the commercialisation of innovation could help start-up entrepreneurs flourish into much bigger businesses, writes Tony Featherstone. Start-up entrepreneurship and governance at times seem like polar opposites. The former is about creativity...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    Equal pay is in your hands

    Helen Conway explains why it is time for directors and CEOs to recognise that pay audits are the only way to truly advance pay equity in Australia. Few would dispute the view that women and men in a company who are doing work of equal or comparable value to the same performance standard should rece...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    Expanding relationships

    John H C Colvin looks towards 2015 and the exciting opportunities emerging in the Asia-Pacific region. The year 2015 will be a milestone for our region as members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) move towards their goal of establishing a single economic community or common ma...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    Bullying in the boardroom

    Changes to the law mean directors subjected to unreasonable behaviour may now have a means of recourse, write Giri Sivaraman and Patrick Turner. On 1 January 2014, anti-bullying reforms to the Fair Work Act 2009 introduced by the former Labor government, took effect. Prompted by the findings of...

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  • 01 Oct 2014

    Getting on top of tax

    The corporate tax landscape has seen significant change over the past two decades. Domini Stuart outlines the risks if directors fail to understand how the system works. Poor tax governance can result in time-consuming audits, expensive disputes, serious reputational damage and, when the organisat...

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