"Lose money for the firm and I will be understanding. Lose a shred of reputation for the frim and I will be ruthless."

Warren Buffet upon assuming Chairmanship of Salomon's during its "Liar's Poker" and Mozer crisis, Snowball Warren Buffet and the Business of Life, Alice Schroeder, Random, 2008, p. 603

Latest Papers

The working papers collection comprises historical papers as well as current ideas and works in progress on some of the major issues and topics of our times.

Oil and Gas in the Northern Territory: An Interview with Dr. Howard Smith (released 22 August 2015)
Dr Howard Smith surveys future developments in the oil and gas industry of the Northern Territory.
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Future Proofing: An Interview with NAB's Glen Brennan (released 22 August 2015)
Reflections on ten years of Indigenous participation in the Australian banking and finance industry. Glen Brennan talks about the achievement of increased Indigenous employment in the banking industry and the new frontier of "future proofing" Aboriginal trusts and benefits through empowered and knowledgeable Indigenous representatives, trustees and business owners
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Ceremonial Economy: An Interview with Djambawa Marawili AM (released 13 August 2015)
Aboriginal homelands are the places that Australians need to be supporting now according to Djambawa Marawili. They are the source of health and life for Aboriginal people. The trend is for government to invest in mainstream communities and towns, making it harder and harder on tribal country. Can we find a way to support the core of the culture: ceremonial life on homelands. Djambawa explains that for Yolngu people, ceremony is as important as our mainstream economy. Ceremonial life is an economy in our terms that is worthy of investment that brings tremendous rewards for all concerned.
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Saint Joan of Williamstown (released 3 June 2015)
When I last saw Joan Kirner she asked "What trouble have you been up to?" "Lots as usual". "Good!", she said.
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The Sublime Tragedy of Kava in North East Arnhem Land (released 11 May 2015)
Successive Federal and Northern Territory governments have understandably acted to ban kava, however, in cutting back funding to Aboriginal homelands and communities they have also created an inevitable escalation of an illegal, out of control market that makes Al Capone’s bootleg industry of Chicago in the 1930s look like a tea party.
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When the World Turns Upside Down (released 5 May 2015)
A Glimpse of the Impact of Cyclones Lam and Nathan on Remote Aboriginal Homelands
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Co-Mingling: An Interview with Ernst & Young's Les Hems (released 19 April 2015)
Co-Mingling public grants and re-current funding with private and philanthropic investments is the name of the game for next generation social change organisations.
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Born to Run: Hillary Rodham Clinton's New Agenda (released 13 April 2015)
If ever a person was born to run for the White House then it is Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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"Barangaroo Had the Measure of the Invaders": An Interview with Linda Burney Her Vision of the Barangaroo Indigenous Cultural Centre, Labor’s Pledge of $100 million and land and the hand back of Me-Mel (Goat Island) (released 23 March 2015)
Linda Burney’s announcement of Labor’s plan to build a $100 million plus Indigenous Cultural Centre at Barangaroo incorporating the hand back of the eye of the Harbour Me-Mel (Goat Island) on Saturday sent a wave through the NSW election. It was an act of leadership whose reverberations go beyond the NSW State election. The Labor plan is a blue print to guide the city of Sydney, the corporate sector and the gateway of Australia. It has the potential to enliven the whole city and nation by acknowledging our national wrongs and re-harnessing the creative spirit of the land and its first peoples.
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"There is no one to raise the voices anymore": An Interview with Linda Burney (released 27 February 2015)
“The Labor party is changing. It had no choice but to change.”
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