People Not Like Us

“Give me a child for his first seven years and I’ll give you the man.” Jesuit Maxim We all know that someone’s background, education and personal circumstance has a profound impact on the decisions they make throughout their life. Consciously or unconsciously each of us draws upon our past experiences to form judgements about the best way ahead for ourselves or for those around us. Our frame of reference is reinforced by the people we chose to associate with as they more often than not have similar backgrounds or levels of education and outlook. This largely works to all our mutual benefit, however, there are circumstances where clearly it does not. For example, according to Dun and Bradstreet’s small business ten rule guide to hiring new staff, rule number six states: “Don’t hire someone who is just like you. We have all heard that we buy from people we like. Well, that happens in recruitment too. Too often we make the mistake of hiring someone who is just like us or someone that we like on a personal level. However that’s often not the best approach as businesses usually need a diverse range of people to get the job done efficiently and effectively.”

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Julia Report

Poor judgement, wrong values or poor General?: How to explain decisions in Canberra. Written by Rick Brown. The clouds over Julia Gillard’s values and political judgement have been getting darker since the 2010 Federal election campaign. The latest issues including – • the frog-marching of dual Olympic gold medalist Nova Peris into the senate; • the decision to announce an election date seven months in advance; • the time of that announcement; and • the timing of the resignations of Senator Chris Evans and Nicola Roxon

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Climate Change

COMMUNITY ATTITUDES TOWARDS Climate change While the public are still concerned about Climate change, concern appears to have dropped over the past 18 months. On the best party question, support for the ALP appears to have dropped, but that loss of support has not translated to a significant increase in support for the Liberals. Rather, the someone else/don’t know/both the same/no opinion/no difference categories have increased significantly. Sentiment towards the CPRS is mixed. The differing data from EMC, the Climate Institute and Newspoll on this issue suggests that the shape of the question is critical in determining the answers. However, the Newspoll data suggests that there is more support for delaying the scheme than there was 12 months ago. Finally, the Climate Institute data demonstrates that attitudes towards climate change cannot be considered in isolation. According to their data, 61 per cent of people believed in April 2008 that addressing climate change either ‘will definitely hurt the economy and jobs’ or ‘might hurt the economy and jobs’. This revelation highlights the limitations of quantitative polling which need to be borne in mind when extrapolating conclusions from the data.

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Ted Report

Facts Behind the Story Words by Rick Brown. Much of the analysis of Ted Baillieu’s decision to resign as Premier last week can be summed up with one word: nonsense. Comparisons with Julia Gillard’s ambushing of Kevin Rudd and endeavours to find an organized coup disguise the failure of the media to understand and report the implications of what they knew or should have known. That said, journalists are in good company. Most politicians could not see the woods forthe trees either.

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Children With A Disability


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China Report

Free trade advocates have promised more jobs, better-paid jobs and better living standards. However, free trade theory has failed to deliver. For example, it has been estimated that three trade agreements signed by

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