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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter from Canberra

At the end of every year, I tour local schools to hand out awards to students who’ve done amazing things in the last 12 months.

And every time the awards season rolls around, I find it hard to believe it’s already been a year.

Not this time. Nobody could call 2016 uneventful.

It’s been a year of surprises. Brexit shocked global markets, Trump shocked US election watchers and Leicester City shocked sports fans by winning the English Premier League, despite 5,000 to 1 odds against it.

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Merry Christmas Canberra (2016)

I’m really looking forward to this Christmas break.

It’ll be a chance to look back and celebrate what’s been achieved in the last year, and to celebrate the achievements of others, big and small.

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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter from Canberra (Nov 2016)

I’ll be the first to admit that the result of this month’s US Election took me by surprise.

I’m not the only one.

But the implications of the election of Donald Trump to the office of President extend far beyond the United States.

And the result didn’t happen by accident. Rather, it was the product of the same forces that we are seeing in advanced democracies right around the country.

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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter from Canberra

The internet has transformed the way we live our lives. For many of us, it’s where we communicate. For some, it’s where we shop. For others, it’s even where we fall in love.

But the more of our lives are spent in cyberspace, the more important it becomes to protect yourself online.

The recent Stay Smart Online Week may have just passed, but that doesn’t mean the message is any less applicable.

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The Chronicle: Be Cyber Smart

Imagine you bought a padlock to secure something you only needed for a few days.

Imagine that the little key that is used to open the padlock also opened your car, and your windows, and your office, and your front door. 

One key for everything doesn’t make a lot of security sense. So why do we do it for online passwords?

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The Chronicle: Fearless Comedy Gala

I first met Juliet Moody, the Canberra woman who makes up one-half of the mega-successful comedy folk duo Sparrowfolk, a few years ago.

Her energy, ambition and enthusiasm shone through immediately.

So when I learned she was the force behind the recent Fearless Comedy Gala, I wasn’t surprised.

Organising Canberra’s first ever fundraising comedy gala is no mean feat.

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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter from Canberra

At the start of every new Parliament, the Parliamentary Library sends around to each Senator and Member a ‘Briefing Book’.

These books are filled with facts, figures, arguments, statistics and contentions that form what are likely to be key issues of the incoming Parliament.

For the 45th Parliament, some of the ‘key issues’ in our briefing books are familiar. References on climate change, trade, energy and infrastructure are peppered throughout.

Others issues appear new by virtue of their context. 

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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter from Canberra

Like many of us, I’ve spent the last few weeks transfixed by the events of the United States Presidential election process.

Particularly coming from Australia’s understated political atmosphere, the nominating process appears a surreal blend of pageantry, celebrity and history.

For the second time in its history, the Grand Old Party has nominated a non-politician to bear its standard.

For the second time in its history, the Democrats have nominated a Clinton.

Something’s different about this one, though.

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The Chronicle: Age Discrimination in Australia

Imagine you’re the Prime Minister. On your desk are two challenges.

One is an ageing workforce, operating in a labour market lacking in decent job opportunities for older workers.

The second is the need to boost national prosperity by creating more jobs for more workers at every stage of their career.

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The Chronicle: 2016 Post-Election Wrap up

Well, it’s over. The longest election of the modern era is behind us.

Campaigning is an endurance sport, and it’s a test of stamina as much as strength. Not even the Tour de France goes for eight weeks.

None of us could make it through without the help of those around us.

Over two hundred people volunteered on the campaign, manning pre-polling booths armed with bright red How To Vote cards, knocking on the doors of friends, neighbours and strangers, and driving off in the early hours to bash in a new batch of signs.

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