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The Productivity Commission report is not a comprehensive plan of what government should do about digital disruption. www.shutterstock.com

Digital disruption: STEM graduates and more regulation not the answer

A Productivity Commission report on digital disruption argues that government's should stop creating barriers to innovation but it fails to provide solutions on privacy and ownership of data.
The Australian dairy industry could consider a regulation model like that in Canada. Deb Hultgren/Flickr

Time to get regulation back into Australian dairy?

Government intervention in the crisis facing Australian dairy has opened the gates for suggestions of other types of regulation.
Westpac Chief Executive Officer Brian Hartzer gave excuses for traders behaviour in regards to the BBSW benchmark. David Moir/AAP

Banking excuses wearing a bit thin

With all the weight of evidence stacked against the banks in the case of BBSW benchmark, surely now is the time for the government to enforce regulation.
Is the water crisis in Flint, Michigan evidence that governments need a new way to make decisions? REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Society’s biggest problems need more than a nudge

When it comes to many of the big decisions faced by governments and the private sector, behavioral science has more to offer than simple nudges.
Senator Sam Dastyari, who has been involved in scrutinising the banks, and former Commonwealth Bank employee turned whistleblower Jeff Morris. Stefan Postles/AAP

Patchy laws leave corporate whistleblowers vulnerable

Whistleblowers need better incentives, compensation and protection under Australian law, especially those in the private and not-for-profit sectors.
Chinese businesses are unsure about how import duties will be applied, and so removed some imported products. Michael Reynolds/AAP

China’s e-commerce laws not a ‘crackdown’ but closing a loophole

China's newly introduced "e-commerce laws" are actually just closing a loophole in regulation and shouldn't be seen feared by Australian businesses trading with the country online.

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