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Parliamentary budget offices are considered international best practice – they are intended to bring more honesty to the budget process. Shutterstock

Who watches the watchmen? Lessons from Uganda’s budget office

The scandal at Uganda's Parliamentary Budget Office shows that figuring out the proper roles, functions, internal controls, and capacities is more pressing than ever.
The cover of the ‘Weekly Standard’, February 2016.

There should be no monkeying about with hate speech

Two recent controversial cartoons depicting people as apes have raised an important question: what are the legal and philosophical distinctions between harm and offence?
Online fraud can lead to desperate measures for the victims so we need to do more to help them. Shutterstock/

Why we need to do more for the victims of online fraud and scams

Too often the impact of online fraud on people is trivialised, minimised or not even acknowledged by law enforcement agencies, families and friends. But we can do more to help them.
Several preventative measures can be taken to reduce the impact of fraudulent property industry behaviour on consumers. AAP/Dan Peled

How can we arrest the rise in white-collar crime in Australia’s property industry?

Consumers lose out when a real estate agent acts fraudulently – be that false advertising, deceptive conduct or misusing trust funds. Research shows a link between such misconduct and lower regulatory and educational standards.
If an online offer seems too good to be true, it probably is and you’re being phished. Shutterstock

How to avoid getting hooked by a festive season phishing scam

Phishing attempts tend to rise during the festive season when people are more likely to respond to online marketing and to spend more money. How can you protect yourself?

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