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  • 06 May 2015

    A call to action

    Phil Ruthven explains why government must rise to the challenge when it comes to taxation reform. One wonders whether governments have serious inquiries these days. Most inquiries go nowhere, but the practice lives on with the current government via the Commission of Audit, Workplace Relations Fra...

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  • 01 May 2015

    A clear definition

    Professor Bob Baxt asks whether the concept of “unconscionability” is easier to establish after a recent federal court decision. The concept of “unconscionability”, which was introduced into the Australian competition law (then the Trade Practices Act) in the late 1980s, an...

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  • 01 May 2015

    Raising the bar

    Tony Featherstone explains why boards of ASX-listed companies must ensure they prepare and respond to the new Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations. Boards of listed companies sometimes respond to governance changes in two ways: they see new guidelines as yet another compliance burd...

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  • 01 May 2015

    Going broke

    It is imperative that directors understand the key drivers of a business in which they are involved, even those approaching insolvency, writes Alexandra Cain. David Grace OAM FAICD has been on the insolvency front-line for more than 25 years. Currently a consultant with Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers, w...

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  • 01 May 2015

    Skill search

    Talent management is becoming an increasingly important issue for boards eager to better understand their organisation’s culture and attract, motivate and retain outstanding talent, writes Domini Stuart. Directors manage talent at the highest level – they are, of course, responsible f...

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  • 01 May 2015

    Under pressure

    With more not-for-profit organisations facing budget cutbacks, mergers and acquisitions are becoming more commonplace in the sector. Domini Stuart asks what creates a successful not-for-profit merger.  Over the past five years an unprecedented number of not- for-profit (NFP) organisations ha...

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  • 01 May 2015

    To deed or not to deed

    Fiona Shand explains the importance of redrafting directors’ deeds of indemnity for incoming board members. The director community is well aware when offering their services to companies that their position is often precarious and exposed. As a result, directors have begun to pay more regard...

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  • 01 May 2015

    A guide to listing

    John Price explains why directors of companies seeking to list play an integral role in upholding the integrity of the listed securities markets. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is all about allowing markets to allocate capital efficiently to fund the real economy and,...

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  • 01 May 2015

    New standard new opportunities

    In the first in a series of accounting articles, Liz Stamford explains the benefits of the new auditing standard requirements for listed entities. As directors, you already know the insights that your financial statement auditors provide to you. Imagine if these were also made available to shareh...

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  • 01 May 2015

    The importance of knowledge

    For Elizabeth Proust and Jane Bennett, taking part in a mentoring program has helped the established and aspiring directors learn from each other. Leon Gettler reports.  On first impressions, Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD and Jane Bennett FAICD could not be more unalike, they come from completel...

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  • 01 May 2015

    Agenda

     Five ways to improve how the board and executive interact When asked about the strengths of high-performing boards, directors often point to technical or interpersonal skills – the ability to grasp a range of issues, constructively challenge management and work collegially, for example. ...

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  • 01 May 2015

    A numbers game

    Professor Paul Kerin considers the issue of board size and whether less is more when it comes to boardroom governance.  For several decades, influential thinkers have argued that smaller boards are better. In the early 1990s, when the typical board size of US listed companies was 10 –1...

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  • 01 May 2015

    Public engagement

    Should directors be more willing to engage in public policy debate? Three industry figures share their views. Keith De Lacy AM FAICD former Queensland Treasurer and former director of AICD’S national board. We are losing the battle. By we, I mean those people who believe that the private...

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  • 01 May 2015

    Maximising member benefits

    John Brogden explains how the Australian Institute of Company Directors is working to ensure its member offering remains at the forefront of governance excellence and leadership.  The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) has a diverse membership of more than 36,000 directors from...

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  • 01 May 2015

    Q and A with Chris Thomas

    An outstanding board and executive team is helping Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research create the next chapter in its history, writes Tony Featherstone. A cavernous hallway at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) neatly captures the old and the new. On the...

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  • 01 May 2015

    Staying ahead of the game

    More mergers and acquisitions signal an active year for smart boards looking to capitalise on market uncertainty, writes Kath Walters. Despite the wheel spinning in Canberra, and rapid-fire state government turnover in Victoria and Queensland, it is still a good time for boards to consider merger...

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  • 01 May 2015

    Advocacy Update

    Have your say   The inadequacies of Australia’s insolvency and voluntary administration framework are issues often raised by our members, particularly those who are operating in the small business, start-up and not-for-profit sectors. We are keen to hear the thoughts from our members on w...

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  • 01 May 2015

    The road ahead

    Michael Blythe outlines the risks and opportunities facing Australia as it enters a new economic phase.  The tendency to downplay the economic “good news” and accentuate the “bad news” continues and this bias at the global level is understandable.  Many countries...

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  • 01 May 2015

    Going global

    More Australian companies are appointing offshore directors as businesses become more international. Alexandra Cain explains why overseas directors deliver greater board diversity. As the executive chairman of South America’s LatAm Autos, Tim Handley MAICD knows a thing or two about the meri...

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  • 09 Apr 2015

    Lessons from the berries saga

    The recent Patties Foods frozen berries scandal is a stark warning for directors about supply-chain risks and the role they play in managing those risks, writes Louise Pocock from our Centre for Governance Excellence and Innovation. Patties Foods recently recalled frozen berries potentially contam...

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