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LAURIE PATTON. The case for mandating governance training for NFP boards

The not-for-profit sector performs a vital role delivering services that meet important social needs. It provides a voice for some of our most disadvantaged groups and individuals. Not-for-profit status also allows organisations of professionals to represent their members under a … Continue reading

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LAURIE PATTON and ROBIN ECKERMANN. Time for rational, informed debate about the NBN

We believe it’s time for the Government and the Opposition, and their respective sword carriers, to put down their weapons and strive to agree on a bipartisan NBN strategy that will deliver all Australians fast and affordable broadband – using … Continue reading

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LAURIE PATTON. Turnbull’s New Year resolution should be a fibre-based NBN for everyone

 As we all make our New Year’s resolutions, here’s one for Turnbull: build us a better broadband network. It’s time to allow NBN to dump copper and revert to a fibre-based model. The sooner the better.  

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LAURIE PATTON. ‘Un-populate or perish’ – rethinking the Whitlam decentralisation vision in a digital age

There’s been quite a deal of media coverage lately about the need for better Internet access in regional, rural and remote Australia. Earlier in the year delegates to the annual Broadband for the Bush conference highlighted the communications challenges facing … Continue reading

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LAURIE PATTON. Essentially, our NBN is just not good enough (but please don’t say so!)

  … And don’t tell Malcolm Turnbull, who was Minister in charge of the NBN. This week’s Essential poll found that dissatisfaction with the National Broadband Network is both widespread and pretty even across the political spectrum. Only 22 percent of … Continue reading

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LAURIE PATTON. Is there finally light at the end of the fibre-optic cable?

  Over the past two weeks we’ve seen what many of us have been longing for – signs the Government has realised its national broadband network strategy is not working out as planned. First came the much-welcomed acknowledgement from communications … Continue reading

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LAURIE PATTON. NBN: The Internet is for everyone

  According to Twitter, #NBN ranked fifth out of the ten issues most mentioned on the #ausvotes hashtag. Ahead of immigration, marriage equality, super, jobs and tax cuts. So it is timely that we look at how we are going … Continue reading

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LAURIE PATTON. Broadband: It’s buggered in the bush

Last week’s Broadband for the Bush conference held in the rarefied atmosphere of Brisbane’s State Library revealed just how disillusioned people living in rural, regional and remote Australia have become with the state of their telecommunications services. Chief among the … Continue reading

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Laurie Patton. Generalists and specialists in the Australian public service.

Why the ‘theory of empty spaces’ hurts public sector performance  The other day I was talking to a friend who recently retired from the public service. After a career lifetime of studied discretion he now wears as a badge of … Continue reading

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Laurie Patton. NBN stars collide – waiting for the Big Bang

Two stars collided in Canberra last week, but the big bang is yet to be heard. On Thursday, a leak from somewhere inside NBN revealed that our nation building broadband company has been secretly trialling new, thinner, cabling that will … Continue reading

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Laurie Patton. Pirates of Perchance: How “site-blocking” could force up Internet fees but do little else

Last week both Village Roadshow and Foxtel finally launched court actions under the eight months old Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act designed to deal with Internet “piracy”. The first thing that needs pointing out is that downloading video and audio content … Continue reading

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Laurie Patton. Utopia: the professor, the public service, and the need for change.

In an article in The Mandarin former Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Department, Professor Peter Shergold, is quoted urging public servants to adapt and to show courage. http://www.themandarin.com.au/60090-adapt-die-peter-shergold-manifesto-public-service-transformation Shergold is spot on. But before things can change we need to be … Continue reading

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Laurie Patton. The media, those agencies and the Data Retention Act

The media’s attention this past week turned to the 61 “fringe agencies” trying to get access to our metadata. Many have missed the point that when Parliament passed the Data Retention Act the Government heralded the fact that it had … Continue reading

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Laurie Patton. Data Retention: How not to introduce complex legislation.

One of my first tasks shortly after joining Internet Australia (nee ISOC-AU) was to front the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS). Our appearance at the hearing into the (Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Act 2015) … Continue reading

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Laurie Patton. Malcolm Turnbull: NBN killer?

The ABC Online News headline on the 14th of September 2010 was pretty blunt: “Abbott orders Turnbull to demolish NBN”. In the article itself then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is quoted as saying: “The Government is going to invest $43 … Continue reading

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