KUNG HEI FAT CHOI – Happy Chinese New Year

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR.   Year of the Horse. 2014 is the year of the Wood Horse. Unlike the year of the Water Snake in 2013 foretelling diplomacy and planning, the year of the Wood Horse is about decisive actions and fast victories. Be certain of your choice, as once...



Chinese lesson for e-commerce for rural Australia ?

The social side of e-commerce: lessons from rural China By Barney Tan, University of Sydney Every year, for the foreseeable future, another 30 million Chinese will go online to shop, according to a new Boston Consulting Group report. Pushed by a government-subsidised rollout of internet – and poor bricks-and-mortar...



Australia still open for business, but greater certainty needed – FIRB and other issues

On 16 October 2013, Treasurer Joe Hockey stated in a speech to the American Australian Association that “Australia is open for business, open for investment and is going for growth”1. Just over a month since making that bold statement, the Treasurer has created uncertainty over Australia’s foreign investment policy...



Copyright – or Copywrong ?

Copyrights and copywrongs: reforming educational film rights By Ruari Elkington, Queensland University of Technology At the end of November, after 18 months of deliberations, the Australian Law Reform Commission will hand down its report on the appropriateness of existing copyright laws in the new digital environment. Among the questions...



Australia needs a carbon bank

Dumping the fixed price of carbon in Australia in favour of an emissions trading scheme remains complex.Kevin  Rudd put the carbon tax on the table in cabinet just after his swearing in but it would be very difficult to unwind the scheme.Didnt the A$23 dollar-per-tonne carbon price came into...



HK Rugby 7′s

In a move sure to generate a furious reaction from local rugby fans, Hong Kong Sevens organisers have said it is “inevitable” that even fewer tickets will go on sale to the public next year SCMP, March 24 HKRFU chairman Trevor Gregory. Photo: Edward Wong When this year’s Hong...



Queensland mining and resources job cuts and job creation.

AUSTRALIA’S resources industry has a fetish for cutting at the moment: cutting workers, costs, offices and cutting investment. But for all the crying poor, the industry – including gas, oil, coal and iron ore – could deliver more than 130,000 jobs across the country by 2025. Up to 40,000...



AUD 8 month low Feb 2013 Property prices and Consumer sentiment

With the AUD at at 8 month low on the back of poor building data PRD have released ther Feb 2013 Property Research report and overlayed Westpac’s Consumer Sentiment.   Source PRDnationwide Research Monthly WrapThe initial release of data on key economic indicators during the end of 2012 and...



AustCham committee notice: “The Heat is On: Investing in an Age of Climate Volatility” Workshop on 14 March 2013

A Hong Kong Govt study indicates that the financial services sector are one of the most vulnerable to climate change so being of interest to Financial Services Companies in Hong Kong  Aust Cham have dostributed an workshop run by the HK Business Environment Council regarding to “The Heat is On:...



Planning or Development ?

Plans do not develop anyone – only development experiences develop people. For example a company may have great plans to shed expenses. Management may  be very proud of their  plans, which include detailed daily goals for x, y and z. And if our execution were half as good as...



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