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  • 30 Apr 2012

    Letters to the editor

    Introduced in 1696 and repealed in 1851, successively stupid British governments supported a "window tax" on all housing in the UK. It ended when it was proven that the resulting outcomes saw major increases in poor health, especially vitamin D deficiency diseases, such as rickets, in children who rar...

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  • 31 Jan 2012

    Q&A with Joanna Mackie

    Joanna Mackie discusses Company Directors’ expansion into the social media and what organisations and directors need to consider when taking this step. Company Director (CD): What does your role entail? Joanna Mackie (JM): I design and implement our digital strategy....

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  • 30 Sep 2012

    Letters to the editor

    The lot of a not-for-profit (NFP) director has never been more controversial. While managing the significant NFP reform agenda, so accurately critiqued by Ewen Crouch (Company Director, September 2012), we must also be mindful of all of our many reported deficits, such as lacking clear purpose and lea...

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  • 31 Jul 2012

    Restructuring mistakes to avoid

    Pia Lee details three classic errors organisations and their directors make when embarking on a restructure. As news of corporate restructures at Fairfax Media and News Limited fills their own newspaper columns, both are making headlines for the wrong reasons. Both companies shook th...

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  • 31 Jul 2012

    Q&A with Hege Salvesen Johnson

    Hege Salvesen Johnson reveals how her interest and studies in social anthropology developed into a career in education. Company Director (CD): What does your role entail? Hege Salvesen Johnson (HSJ): I manage all the logistics for our premium programs, including Company Direc...

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  • 31 Jul 2012

    Productivity begins at home

    While the national debate on how to boost Australia’s productivity rages on, Christopher Niesche discovers directors can start improving productivity by focusing on their own companies. As politicians, economists and business people debate the best way to lift Australia’s productivity growth, dir...

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  • 30 Jun 2012

    From the paddock to the boardroom

    Jane Bennett began her career as a cheesemaker in rural Tasmania, became a director at 25 and now sits on several major boards, including the ABC. She talks to Nichola Clark about her learnings along the way. Growing up on a family farm in remote Tasmania, Jane Bennett’s formative years were far ...

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  • 30 Jun 2012

    Q&A with Andrew Donovan

    Andrew Donovan discusses his role as a facilitator of Company Directors’ professional development programs. Company Director (CD): What are your current directorships? Andrew Donovan (AD): I am a private company director, with positions on the Litmus Group, a rapidly growing...

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  • 30 Jun 2012

    Supporting professional development

    Our new Professional Development Handbook will enable you to continue your learning journey in the format that suits you. July 2012 sees the launch of the new Australian Institute of Company Directors Professional Development Handbook. For the first time, the handbook includes publications, tools...

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  • 30 Jun 2012

    Letters to the editor

    Ray Trevisan’s unsubtle put down of the resources sector in his letter (Company Director, June 2012) is consistent with the wisdom emanating from the inner city progressives – that somehow the mining industry is not paying for the resources that belong to all Australians or that we resent paying more ...

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  • 30 Jun 2012

    Queen’s Birthday Honours 2012

    The Australian Institute of Company Directors congratulates the following members who appeared on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this year. Professor Ian Hector Frazer AC FAICD Dr Thomas Edwin Calma AO MAICDRobert Graham Cameron AO FAICDRobin Hamilton Chambers AO MAICDVice Adm...

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  • 29 Feb 2012

    Our members honoured

    The Australian Institute of Company Directors congratulates the following members who appeared on this year’s Australia Day honours list. Air Marshal Geoffrey Charles Brown AO GAICD Sir Roderick Ian Eddington AO FAICD Dr Robert Lindsay Every AO FAICD Stephen Hibbert Newton AO FAICD...

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  • 30 Nov 2012

    Letters to the editor

    Tony Featherstone’s feature "Life after politics" (Company Director, November 2012) provides some interesting views and comments on the subject. The cynic in me – I guess as a voting taxpayer I am well qualified to be one – leads me to take a very cautious view of ex-politicians sitting on boards...

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  • 01 Mar 2014

    Our members honoured

    The Australian Institute of Company Directors congratulates the following members who appeared on the Australia Day honours list this year. Timothy Fairfax AC FAICD Air Marshall Mark Binskin AC GAICD Professor Michael Cousins AO FAICD The Hon Michael Egan AO FAICD Dr Susan Meek AO FAICD Peter Achterstr...

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  • 01 Nov 2014

    Vale Colin James Harper

    1930 — 2014 Colin James Harper was a leading investment banker in the industry’s early development in Australia. From 1976, he served 23 years as a non-executive director and chairman of major Australian public companies and Australian subsidiaries of international corporations. This was a tur...

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  • 01 Nov 2014

    The IT trinity

    In an increasingly competitive market, cloud, big data and social media continue to dominate boardroom discussions. Matthew Sainsbury explains what boards need to know to stay ahead of the game.  The cloud — an internet-based model in which groups of remote servers are networked to allow centralise...

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  • 01 Jun 2014

    Adding more to the platter

    Alberto Colla draws three key lessons from the Warrnambool Cheese auction which could help directors create and successfully navigate a competitive auction process. Auctions for corporate control are often fluid, fast moving affairs. The proliferation of auctions of Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed ...

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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 opportunities and ...

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  • 01 Jul 2014

    Queens Birthday Honours 2014

    The Australian Institute of Company Directors congratulates the following members who appeared on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this year. Dr Megan Clark AC FAICD Dr Jonathan Burdon AO FAICD Rear Admiral Timothy Barrett AO CSC RAN GAICD Major General John Caligari DSC AO GAICD Frank Cooper AO FAIC...

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  • 31 Mar 2013

    Letters to the editor

    In his column on "Removing roadblocks to growth" (Company Director, August 2013), Tony Featherstone has a valid point about how to provide access to experienced board talent for innovative Australian start-ups. The rationale behind this is, of course, how to apply policies that will raise the success rate of ...

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