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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Feature: Surviving the bumpy road

    Many companies are facing the toughest market conditions in recent history. Domini Stuart finds out how their boards can help steer them through the uncertainty and help build resilience.   Tips for bumpy times Explore different scenarios 
and responses Avoid knee-jerk reactions ...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Green’s Piece: Why the Centro judgment made bad law

    John M Green argues that the Centro judgment should be overturned, and quickly.   What the former Centro board missed in signing off its annual accounts was so obvious that the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) convinced a court that even Blind Freddy would not have missed it. Th...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Feature: State boards shake-up

    The winds of change are blowing across New South Wales with a shake-up in how directors are appointed to government-owned enterprises. Tony Featherstone reports.   Sweeping change in the governance of government-owned enterprises in New South Wales and possibly Victoria could create more opportunities for...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    CEO Report: Ethical behaviour starts at the top

    John H C Colvin discusses how ethical standards need to be enforced from the top down in any organisation.   Politicians, lawyers, builders, journalists and so on are all subject to stereotyping – as are directors – and these stereotypes are often influenced by how ethical the public perceives that pr...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Feature: Protecting your income

    Fiona Baron discusses some of the issues directors should consider before buying income protection insurance.   Buying income protection (IP) insurance can make good financial sense. It can certainly be useful if you are temporarily unable to work due to sickness or injury. Yet a lot of directors may ...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Inside Your Institute: Ongoing professional development – Continuing to grow

    Five experienced directors discuss how they have continued their professional development formally and informally.   Contributing Directors Current and previous board memberships include: Tracy Matthews FAICDMetro Tasmania, Tasplan Colony 47 Inc, Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Print...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Market Watch: The future for agriculture

    Agriculture is a shadow of its once illustrious status in Australia. Phil Ruthven proposes ways in which it can be rebuilt.   It is hard to believe that our agriculture, fishing and forestry industry contributed just one 15th (2.1 per cent) of our annual wealth (gross domestic product or GDP) as we closed...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Opinion: Hitting the mark

    Adam Connolly provides some tips on how to run a successful annual general meeting.   Never before in Australia’s history have we seen as much scrutiny of annual general meetings (AGMs) as we do today. As a result, AGMs are increasingly becoming as crucial to the credibility of company chairmen a...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Interview: Q&A with Yasmin Allen

    Yasmin Allen talks to Janine Mace about the challenges of being a director in Australia and the lessons she has learnt along the way.   Yasmin Allen FAICD is one of the new crop of talented and experienced female directors joining Australian company boards. A director of Insurance Australia Group (IA...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Inside Your Institute: Policy Update

    A monthly review of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Policy and Advocacy team’s key projects and issues. This month: Submissions on the Options Paper: A Modernisation and Harmonisation of the Regulatory Framework Applying to Insolvency Practitioners in Australia ...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Inside your institute: Profile – Q&A with Peter Carew

    Peter Carew discusses the challenges and rewards of chairing the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Northern Territory Committee.   Company Director (CD): What is your background? Peter Carew (PC): I moved to Darwin 28 years ago to build a family business i...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    ASIC Report: Fine-tuning your AGM reporting

    Ahead of the looming AGM season, Belinda Gibson provides some pointers on how directors of listed companies should approach executive pay and financial reports.   The annual general meeting (AGM) season for listed companies kicks off next month. For directors, it’s a yearly opportunity to update sharehold...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Opinion: Quotas are not the answer

    Anthea McIntyre explains why mandated one-size-fits-all quotas are not the solution to improving Australia’s boardroom diversity.   Despite the number of female directors on the boards of Australia’s top 200 companies increasing by 600 per cent in less than 18 months, some people still advocate the in...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Opinion: Keeping your D&O insurer in the loop

    John Morgan explains why it is vital to keep your D&O insurer informed even if you haven’t been threatened with a claim.   Directors’ and Officers’ (D&O) insurance is a vital form of protection for directors, but proper disclosure to your insurer is vital to making it work for you. Even i...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Feature: Different hats, common band

    Tony Featherstone asks some prominent chairmen and directors about the challenges of holding directorships across diverse sectors and organisations.   Even by Jeff Kennett’s standards, three days of board work across three states and sectors was heavy going. The former Victorian Premier flew to Sydney...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Directors Counsel: Giving more stakeholders the right to sue

    Do directors owe their duties only to the company or should they take into account other interests? Professor Bob Baxt reviews a case that may allow a wider range of stakeholders to sue directors.   The proposition that directors owe their duty to the company (the shareholders) is one that is receiving a ...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Featherstone: Shaping the NFP debate

    Tony Featherstone explains why not-for-profit boards should become more engaged in the most important period of regulatory change in Australia’s $43 billion NFP sector.   It is understandable that many boards of public companies keep a low profile in debates on public policy. Some chairmen argue that ...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Opinion: Safeguarding your personal assets

    Chris Balalovski discusses how directors and business owners can ensure they are protected if the unexpected happens and creditors come calling.   It’s the stuff of nightmares for directors or owners of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): how do you appropriately protect your assets against cred...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Your say: Letters to the editor

      I am an Australian who has been involved in business in Asian countries for more than two decades. I have been living in Hong Kong for the past six and half years and am currently engaged with senior executives (CEOs and CFOs) across Asia on a range of high-level asset- and regulatory-related issues th...

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  • 31 Aug 2011

    Viewpoint: In search of equity

    What went wrong with the capital raisings of the GFC and how are we moving past this? This was the topic discussed at a recent panel event hosted by the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Zilla Efrat reports.   An unprecedented amount of equity capital raisings t...

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