The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-06T02:37:01Z Macquarrie Now a Senquip Distributor 2021-01-06T02:37:01Z macquarrie-now-a-senquip-distributor Senquip is pleased to announce Macquarrie, Australia’s leading integrator of control, monitoring & protection solutions for engines and machinery, as a Senquip distributor. Macquarrie is a technology focused engineering business providing standard and custom-built, leading-edge solutions for diesel engines, diesel driven equipment, and off-highway machinery. Senquip is an Australian manufacturer of rugged, programmable, sensor gateways that connect any industrial sensor or system to the Senquip Portal or a server of your choice. Together, Macquarrie and Senquip bring an all Australian solution to remote monitoring and control of engines and machinery. “We always look for partners who are highly specialised and are able to offer the best technical support. Macquarrie is the perfect partner for Senquip” said Norman Ballard, CEO of Senquip. “The Senquip sensor gateways bring the reliability and flexibility required to enable Macquarrie to offer remote monitoring and control to all our customers” said Timara Talbot, General Manager of Macquarrie Corporation.  For more information, contact Macquarrie at +61 3 9358 5555 or sales@macquarrie.com.au. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria streamline content management and distribution with the help of local digital asset management (DAM) solution provider databasics 2020-11-27T04:56:22Z royal-botanic-gardens-victoria-streamline-content-management-and-distribution-with-the-help-of-local-dam-solution-provider-databasics Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV) house an extensive and growing botanical library and archive, and a collection of botanical art. 12 years ago RBGV had enlisted the help and support of databasics in implementing a digital asset management solution at the Gardens to manage and share their large collections of images of living and dried plants. Recently, with the numbers of digital assets growing and more people getting involved in processing digital content the need arose for more defined procedures and workflows. After initial consultation, it was decided that databasics’ DAAS (Digital Asset Automation Solution) solution would be a perfect fit for the challenges at RBGV. Developed by databasics, DAAS is based on Canto Cumulus and Roboflow technologies, it comprises catalogue structure, metadata sets and automated channel distribution workflows (approval, publishing, conversion, and archiving). The solution is expected to make content management more efficient and user experience vastly improved. “The biggest benefit for us is that, with implementation of DAAS, staff can work on their own images in their own staging catalogues and, when the metadata is complete, these images can be brought into the RBGV system (the production catalogues) using the DAAS workflow,” said Niels Klazenga, Cumulus DAMS Administrator and Biodiversity Informatics Developer at RBGV. About databasics The Australian DAM consultant databasics has been the leading digital asset management solution and services provider in the Asia Pacific region for the past 34 years with accumulated experience and knowledge far in excess of any other provider in the region. databasics’ expertise extends from consulting through to supply, installation and support of digital asset management solutions from the leader and pioneer of DAMS – Canto. Over the last 30+ years databasics has helped many public and private organisations to manage their digital media, having worked with organisations like Panasonic, The a2 Milk Co, Lonely Planet, Luna Park Sydney, National Archives of Australia, as well as City Councils, Government departments, Schools, Universities, and Museums among others. Visit databasics.com.au.  Life just keeps getting sweeter for developers in Moreland says resident group 2020-11-23T11:10:25Z life-just-keeps-getting-sweeter-for-developers-in-moreland-says-resident-group Is it any wonder that life has been getting sweeter for developers in pro development Moreland over recent years asked Mr Joe Perri on behalf of the Fawkner Residents Association?    The Council has been obsessed with two objectives 1) removing or curtailing the rights and processes of residents to voice objection to development; and 2) assisting developers with initiatives that fast track their projects and maximise profit.   Commenting further, Joe Perri said, “I don’t believe Councillors really understand or appreciate the deeply one-sided, undemocratic nature of Council’s objection process that dissuades and gags community objection.  Furthermore, this distorted reality of minimal resident objections is used as an argument for the introduction of fast-track initiatives and ‘incentivising’ developers”.   “Compared to the commercial world, any business operating under similar practices would soon draw the attention of Consumer Affairs or a similar authority”.   When a new property development comes to a suburban street, only the immediate /direct neighbours receive a standard letter from Council to advise them that they can object.  Even though every other resident in the street will be impacted in some way.   For the other residents, all they get is a sign on the site (for as long as it remains upright) with even less information.    The notification process doesn’t consider the academic, comprehension, multi-cultural circumstances of residents or even if they have access to Council’s website.    Nor does it explain the potential impact on property values and quality of life matters such as street parking, services, safety, street scape, potential hazards, or even the number of additional rubbish bins that will clutter nature strips.   There’s nothing for those concerned about the environment, heat island effect and climate change i.e. how much ground cover will be lost, the impact of storm water run-off on nearby waterways, the cumulative loss of open space and the list goes on.   Even renters are unaware that they can object.      If all this wasn’t enough to deter objections, residents don’t even get a help desk to assist them to challenge development in their street.   “In contrast, developers have the full resources of the Council’s planning department to help them meet the very minimum requirements for construction in order to squeeze every possible dollar from a building block”.    “More recently, projects that don’t even meet statutory minimum carparking requirements are being supported by this most generous of Councils”.   Even pointing out to Council that anti-social development is occurring that’s alienating and discriminating against seniors, mobility challenged and families with disabled children is just brushed aside.    Though being treated as such, the vast majority of the residents of Melbourne’s northern suburbs are not anti-progress or anti-development affirmed Joe Perri.  “Yet their basic human rights of which the ability to object are being disregarded and minimised by the very groups entrusted to ensure this doesn’t occur”.    “Council’s objection process doesn’t pass the basic principles of care that even the most reviled corporates abide by today.  Scant resident rights have been horrendously eroded and relentlessly attacked via seemingly innocent / good for the community initiatives such as MITS, Design Excellence and just recently C190”, said Joe Perri.    Joe Perri concluded by asking what has all this achieved?    “Melbourne’s Most Liveable Suburbs Report was released in June and not one Moreland suburb made the Top Ten even though the winners were within the same geographic distance from the CBD as those within the municipality”.   “What really angered me was that Moreland has so many natural attributes that should have ensured the Top Ten list was awash with the representative suburbs from within the municipality – but not a single one was listed”.   “Instead of being a vibrant liveable municipality attracting businesses and families – Moreland has become a bucket into which high density development is inserted in order to extract that the maximum amount of stamp duty, taxes and rates.   “Life is definitely sweet and getting sweeter if you’re a developer in Moreland”.   Issued by the Fawkner Residents Association   Media enquiries:                 Mr. Joe Perri                                                 Mobile:          +61 412 112 545                                                 Email:             jperri@joeperri.com.au Brisbane technology company wins global “LegalTech Startup of the Year” award 2020-11-19T06:18:32Z brisbane-technology-company-wins-global-legaltech-startup-of-the-year-award Lawcadia, Australia’s leading provider of matter and spend management solutions for in-house legal teams and their law firms, has been named the winner of the LegalTech Start of the Year and Overall Legal Spend Management Solution Provider of the Year at the global LegalTech Breakthrough Awards. The awards were conducted by Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organisation that recognizes companies for their ground-breaking technologies and products in highly competitive, global technology sectors. Lawcadia has a unique platform for managing external legal spend and outside counsel relationships along with legal matter management and workflow automation. In October 2020, Lawcadia announced the launch of Lawcadia Intelligence™, a new intelligent platform engine that incorporates machine learning with business logic and no-code automation. Lawcadia co-founder and chief marketing officer Sacha Kirk said they are committed to progressing market leading innovation in areas that will improve their client’s operations and success. According to Ms Kirk the legal industry is experiencing a period of extraordinary change with new appetites for transformation, positioning legal technology systems as crucial pieces of infrastructure. “Winning these awards are validation that our innovative approach to solving problems using technology is making an impact,” she said. The mission of the LegalTech Breakthrough Awards is to honour excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of LegalTech categories. This year’s inaugural program attracted more than 1,250 nominations from over 14 countries around the globe. The full listing of award winners announced in all sectors can be viewed here. JESI poised for accelerated global growth 2020-11-11T05:48:38Z jesi-poised-for-accelerated-global-growth Brisbane, 11th November 2020: Innovative remote worker and journey management company JESI, has received a multi-million-dollar funds injection from Microsoft aligned VC firm, Future Now Capital Management. The investment will serve to fast-track JESI’s global growth rollout and underpin its ‘customer first’ value add strategy. With the recent appointment of Chairperson Brad Seymour, who has an established reputation for scaling global business’, the JESI company is geared and supported to take on the exciting next phase of its customer-centric expansion.Queensland headquartered, JESI has developed market leading SaaS solutions that significantly improve the protection, monitoring and management of remote and mobile workforces. With origins and a strong presence in the global resources sector, JESI counts Rio Tinto, Orica, BHP, Sandvik among its clients. Other target industry verticals include NGO’s, linear infrastructure and AEC.Already on a growth trajectory, JESI has seen a strong up curve in business and interest through the COVID months with scalable functionality in the solution able to provide a connected eco-system for ‘work from home’ employees. Clearly though, the Future Now investment will turbocharge staff growth, service capabilities and development projects. “Technology integrations will be a key development focus in achieving the company projected growth outcomes” said Kathy Wilson General Manager of Customer Success. “our existing customers are looking to evolve with interoperability solutions and connected technology. JESI software enables them with a compelling value proposition”.JESI CEO Joe Hoolahan said, “The pandemic has bought to the fore the need for enterprises to protect their workers as they work remotely while at the same time ensuring they remain connected. We are also acutely aware that reliable activity data is increasingly becoming a key business metric and we already witnessing how our customers are using the data to drive workforce movement efficiencies,” Joe Hoolahan added.JESI is the first investment for newly founded, Future Now Capital Management, a Sydney based venture capital firm. In 2019 Future Now Capital Management executed a world first partnership with Microsoft that will see investors in the Fund gain direct exposure to companies selected for Microsoft’s accelerated growth programs. Future Now Capital Management will oversee the Fund’s investments into, and the growth strategies of, the portfolio companiesBrad Seymour, JESI Chairperson said, “I am incredibly excited about firstly, the product excellence and relevance of JESI in today’s new world, and secondly, the opportunity for JESI to grow exponentially with Future Now’s backing. I look forward to working with the team through this scale-up stage and beyond.”JESI Management Solutions are now actively recruiting talent to join their team. To explore what roles are on offer refer to the https://jesi.io/careers-at-jesi/ page. MediaHub Australia revolutionises low cost archive storage and eliminates bill shock with ArkHub 2020-11-09T22:02:17Z mediahub-takes-on-google-aws-and-microsoft-by-launching-arkhub MediaHub Australia has completely revolutinised low cost archive storage with the launch of ArkHub, its multi-industry agnostic solution that is highly reliable, highly scalable, easy to use and with all the features of the major deep archive vendors but without the ingress, egress, retrieval and region costs which the major vendors levy their clients with. This in turn totally eliminates the possibility of “bill shock”. From a storage and archival point of view, the opportunities made possible by ArkHub in any industry are not only transparent and ultra-cost efficient, but endless. ArkHub is truly unique as, born with a broadcast industry pedigree, it meets all the needs and requirements of even the most security conscious, enterprise-level industries including government, health, banking, financial services, energy, defence, education, media and entertainment. MediaHub CEO Alan Sweeney explained, “ArkHub is a total gamechanger that completely eradicates the single biggest complaint in the storage and archive world – bill shock. It has been specifically developed as a low-cost storage service that provides secure, durable and flexible storage for data backup-archive, with a considerably simplified pricing model. ArkHub is also founded on and thus able to embrace MediaHub’s tough, resilient and efficient broadcast industry heritage. This is a heritage which demands, and has always demanded, the upmost security and reliability in every workflow. In the broadcast industry we deal in large, high density, high volume, complex files that need to be transferred quickly and efficiently – and we do this successfully and seamlessly 24 hours a day 7 days a week. That is the foundation of ArkHub’s core development and offering.” ArkHub pricing allows clients to store their data for only a monthly storage cost, with no further ingress or egress charges, no early deletion or embargo fees and no region fees. Critically ArkHub does not limit clients to storing their data specifically as an ‘archive’. Clients can upload a single file or perform a bulk upload with no price difference as ArkHub is simply a fixed price per gigabyte per month fee. That’s it. There are no extra or hidden fees, no surprise costs and thus no bill shock. ArkHub not only provides low-cost storage with a simplified pricing model, but also provides the same or better functionality, reliability and ease of use when compared to the current major public cloud storage providers of deep archive. Connecting to ArkHub is very easy and can be done either via the public internet using ArkHub WebConnect which is a secure, encrypted and accelerated web access portal or via ArkHub DirectConnect, which uses MediaHub hosted connectors. Using ArkHub WebConnect, clients can transfer files from one location to another from anywhere in the world. Based on CatonNET’s incredibly flexible, powerful and easy-to-use Cydex software, its advanced protocol allows for the fastest possible throughput with an intuitive user interface. Seamless integration with HPE’s industry leading object-based S3 storage was done through MediaHub’s solution provider, RedFig Group. Commenting on how ArkHub came into existence and why, Sweeney said, “For some time now MediaHub has received requests from our clients for an archive solution where they are able to re-use their content without the un-intended, unbudgeted and often substantial egress and ingress costs typically associated with deep archive solutions. In short, they wanted to avoid bill shock. In addition to this enterprise-level clients do not want to invest in their own private island, small scale backup systems and are seeking to outsource these capabilities. They are also looking to a partner to provide a secure service for a second or third backup storage system to mitigate any issue with a single supplier for backup. ArkHub easily, simply and cost-effectively meets all their requirements, has no possibility of bill shock and thus is the solution they and the rest of the market have been requesting.” In addition, as their long term technology partner, Hewlett Packard Enterprise also worked with MediaHub to identify significant demand from many industries who were desperately looking for lower cost deep storage solutions making ArkHub an ideal proposition in the current market.Further complementing the ArkHub value proposition is MediaHub’s key foundational layer of connectivity via its FibreHub solution that enables the pricing model of zero ingress and egress fees for enterprise level clients. This in combination with FibreHub’s high speeds to all the major broadcasters, as well as datacentres such as NEXTDC, Global Switch, Equinix and Telstra Oxford Falls provides an ideal, unrivalled and ultra-efficient launch pad for ArkHub.MediaHub Head of Technology, Simon Scott added, “ArkHub is a highly cost effective and complete self-healing archive storage solution which has multi-exabyte scalability, is optimised for enterprise cloud environments and is 'always-on' with a 100% availability SLA and 14x9 durability SLA. We wanted ArkHub to be truly flexible and agile, which is why it is designed to be compatible with over 100 Independent Software Vendors (ISV) and over 50 backup and archive products in the market, including Veeam, Commvault, Veritas, Net Back Up, Cohesity and Ruberik. ArkHub is 100% vendor backed and utilises the highly-acclaimed Scality file, object and data storage technology. This technology is already proven and used by over 500 million end-users worldwide with over 800 billion objects in production. Alan Sweeney concluded, “For clients who need safe access to their archived data, the monthly cost of ArkHub is designed to be lower than the major deep archive vendors. ArkHub allows clients to easily and accurately budget for their data storage costs without the fear of bill shock as a result of unforeseen charges from managing and utilising their valuable archived data. With even a moderate amount of archived data management and retrieval ArkHub will result in lower data storage lifecycle costs. In other words ArkHub is a secure, reliable, robust, efficient, low cost archive storage solution for any industry.” Additional benefits of ArkHub deep storage: - Storage  is 100% disk, not tape. Tape is available as an option.- Clients know exactly where this content is stored and it is guaranteed to be locally on shore.- All clients have a point of contact in the event that assistance is required.- All clients are provided with an in-built management layer to allow for self-management of their content 24/7. For more on ArkHub go to: https://www.mediahubaustralia.com.au/products/#arkhub Home Instead Australia Leverages SugarCRM To Revolutionise Care Delivery and Engagement with Seniors 2020-11-08T21:39:10Z home-instead-australia-leverages-sugarcrm-to-revolutionise-care-delivery-and-engagement-with-seniors CUPERTINO, Calif. - November 9, 2020 - SugarCRM Inc., the innovator of time-aware customer experience (CX), today announced that Home Instead Australia has expanded its relationship with SugarCRM through extend use of its time-aware CX platform to deepen its engagement with clients, their families and the community, and to deepen more personalised care and experience.  With the growing number of seniors increasing sharply, Home Instead Australia's commitment towards supporting seniors, the families and the communities remain unwavering. They understand that great care outcomes and services start with understanding their clients and the community, and the best way is to engage with them at a deeper and personalised level.  "We pride ourselves with the level of high quality, relationship-based in-home care services that are rendered by our highly-skilled and trained caregivers," said Justin Toon, Director, Information Technology, Home Instead Australia. "Our expanded use of SugarCRM's CX platform will greatly enhance our ability with a clearer view of our clients' journey and their engagement with us. It will allow us to become more deeply engaged with current clients, drive stronger relationships with them as well as increase our reach into the community." Home Instead Australia will continue to leverage Sugar Sell, Sugar Serve and Sugar Connect and expand use across the team to capture, track and analyse data used to develop relationships at every stage of their engagement with clients and families. The data will also be used to drive market segmentation and for more personalised interactions and carte information through Sugar Market's marketing automation capabilities, together with Sugar Customer Visual Task Manager.  "Our society is ageing globally, and it is important we understand how senior care can be tailored based on a deeper connection and understanding of what they need. We are proud to work with Home Instead Australia and be their long-time partner towards bringing ore specialised care into the community via their in-home care services and more," commented Jason du Preez, SVP and GM, Asia Pacific, SugarCRM. "At Sugar, we believe in working with customers to create a clear view of their customers and with great understanding comes improved communications, increased engagement and growth through the use of Sugar's time-aware CX platform." In order to support effective care continuum as well as sustainable care models, Home Instead Australia will be looking at future considerations including Sugar's AI-enabled capabilities to predict, forecast and take actions to enhance its business models. Sugar's time-aware CX solutions enable marketing, sales and service teams to gain a high-definition view of the customer and deliver a better experience across the customer journey. To learn more, visit https://www.sugarcrm.com/solutions/. About Home Instead Australia Home Instead Australia has been the trusted partner for care services in Australia since 2005. Part of a global in-home care services provider with footprints across 14 countries, Home Instead Australia is a locally owned and operated national network with more than 40 offices serving seniors from across the country’s major states and cities. About SugarCRM SugarCRM’s time-aware sales, marketing and service software helps companies deliver a high-definition (HD-CX) customer experience. For mid-market companies and anyone that wants a CX-driven platform, Sugar gives teams the time-aware customer data they need to achieve a clear view of the customer and reach new levels of business performance and predictability and increase customer lifetime value. More than 4,500 companies in over 120 countries rely on SugarCRM. Based in Silicon Valley, SugarCRM is backed by Accel-KKR.  Senquip Wins "Outstanding Startup" Award 2020-11-04T01:38:38Z senquip-wins-outstanding-startup-award Senquip™ is thrilled to have been announced as winner of the Outstanding Start-up award at the 2020 Hunter Manufacturing Awards. Last Friday evening, October 23, marked the 16th year of the prestigious Hunter Manufacturing Awards (HMA), recognising and acknowledging manufacturing in the region of the Hunter, Central Coast, and mid North Coast. The night was a chance to celebrate the resilience of the local manufacturing sector in what has been an unprecedented year of disruption due to Covid-19, and showcase, profile and promote the hard work, diligence and ability of businesses to adapt to a changing environment. "This time last year, we had wrapped up the 2019 event and looked forward to reconvening in February to kick off planning for 2020. Little did we know that 2020 would be a year, the likes of which none of us have ever experienced," HMA chairman Steve Smith said. Senquip, a manufacturer of IoT Sensor Gateways for mining, infrastructure, transport, and industry believes in manufacturing in Australia.  “The small amount more that it costs to manufacture high-tech goods in Australia is more than paid for in the quality and reliability achieved” said Norman Ballard, CEO of Senquip™. Senquip™ manufactures Sensor Gateways that can connect to any industrial sensor and send the data measured to the Senquip Portal or a customer server or SCADA system.  M-Files is an Easy Choice for Government Agencies in New Zealand 2020-10-28T22:06:13Z m-files-is-an-easy-choice-for-government-agencies-in-new-zealand AUCKLAND(NZ) – October 29th, 2020 – M-Files Corporation, the intelligent information management company, today jointly announced with Auckland based Premier Reseller DocSmart Solutions Ltd (DocSmart) that M-Files was selected for the government Marketplace in New Zealand. M-Files is now available in the “Content Services Software” and “Managed Content Services” categories of the catalogues for government agencies – the first products and services in these categories. The Pae Hokohoko|Marketplace (https://marketplace.govt.nz) was established by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) to link business with New Zealand government agencies, making the procurement process easier for all. It facilitates the government’s procurement process by connecting companies that offer services and sell products with government agencies that wish to buy them.  The Marketplace offers many benefits to government agencies. They can browse relevant catalogues when they want to buy specific products or services, spending less time on procurement and enjoying a simplified purchasing process and reduced costs. It is easy to compare services offered, and ICT services and products have a security rating where appropriate.  “The government Marketplace approval further validates that M-Files is producing substantive value for existing public sector clients. This will make it much easier for any other government agencies in New Zealand to benefit from M-Files’ unique AI-based intelligent information management capabilities,” said Scott Erickson, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Channel Sales at M-Files. “New Zealand is a thriving market for us, and we're really proud to have DocSmart as a business partner - they are delivering transformative innovation for customers there.” Just recently, DocSmart received the 2020 APAC M-Files Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding achievements and excellent support of M-Files customers in the region.  “We have already deployed M-Files to more than a hundred and forty organisations throughout the region, including many government agencies such as Clutha District Council and Real Estate Agents Authority,” said Treve Clayton, Director of DocSmart Solutions Ltd in Auckland. “M-Files has proven many times that it can help government agencies to streamline document and process management, making them more efficient and agile.” For more first-hand feedback on M-Files, please read the full Clutha District Council success story: https://www.m-files.com/en/case-study-clutha-district-council For more information on M-Files Intelligent Information Management, please visit: http://bit.ly/m-files-intelligent-information-management-ausnz  To arrange a demo or talk to an expert, please visit the DocSmart website: http://www.docsmart.co.nz Tags New Zealand, government agencies, marketplace, document management, ECM, intelligent information management Summary Leading enterprise content management solution M-Files is now available on the government Marketplace in New Zealand for simplified purchase and reduced cost. AUSTRALIA’S LEADING POLLSTERS COME TOGETHER TO LAUNCH THE AUSTRALIAN POLLING COUNCIL 2020-10-25T23:23:06Z australia-s-leading-pollsters-come-together-to-launch-the-australian-polling-council Australia’s leading public opinion research companies have come together and today announce the launch of the Australian Polling Council (APC) with the aim of advancing the quality and understanding of public opinion polling in Australia.   The founding members of the Australian Polling Council Limited are: YouGov Galaxy Pty Ltd, The Essential Research and Communications Group Pty Ltd, uCommunication Pty Ltd, Ipsos Pty Ltd, Lonergan Research Pty Ltd, Telereach Pty Ltd, and JWS Research Pty Ltd.   The objectives of the APC are:  ·      to ensure standards of disclosure that provide an adequate basis for judging the reliability and validity of results of surveys that are published in the public arena; ·      to encourage the highest professional standards in public opinion polling and advance the understanding of and the confidence in how polls are conducted and how to interpret poll results; ·      to establish practical Guidelines and a code of conduct for public opinion polling in Australia; ·      to advance the Australian public’s understanding of how polls are conducted and how to interpret poll results; and ·      to inform media and the public about best practice in the conduct and reporting of polls.   These guidelines aim to provide an appropriate balance between responsible disclosure to the public, the needs of media outlets, and the intellectual property rights of the polling companies.     The Australian Polling Council’s charter has been based on similar polling organisations in the UK and US, namely the British Polling Council and the National Council for Published Polls respectively.   “We believe that polling provides a crucial window into how Australians are perceiving the government of the day and crucial insights into what the public expects from our nation’s leaders. The last Federal Election and the discrepancy in many polls regarding the outcome has allowed us to step back and thoroughly investigate how polls are conducted and review best practice around the world,” APC Chairman Dr Campbell White said.   “The APC believes that although published polling needs to have appropriate standards of transparency, existing standards of disclosure are not fit for purpose. The guidelines should be determined by active participants in the industry with the cooperation of Australian media who publish poll results. One of the key functions of the APC will be to design these guidelines in consultation with media and interested stakeholders.”   APC Secretary Mark Davis said: “The launch of the APC will allow us to better educate and inform Australians on public opinion polling and help rebuild confidence in polls, particularly political polls. Polling has long been a part of our modern democracy and provides important information on public opinion and the APC will seek to ensure that Australia has a professional, transparent and accurate polling industry.”   The APC welcomes further members who conduct publicly released opinion polling related to political issues, or expectations and performance of public policy or governments. This is not limited to surveys which measure voting intention or political leader and party performance. It also encompasses studies evaluating government performance; political leaning; election, plebiscite or referendum outcomes; and those which focus on public policy and societal issues with political implications.   The APC is pleased to have the support of existing market research industry bodies and intends to work closely with these in the future.   “AMSRO welcomes the formation of the Australian Polling Council as we believe that collective industry representation is vital to being able to establish and police appropriate quality and disclosure standards in the conduct of public opinion polling,” George Zdanowicz, President of the Association of Market and Social Research Organisations (AMSRO), said.   “The Research Society seeks to uphold and enhance professional standards throughout the research sector in Australia. We welcome the formation of the Australian Polling Council, with its focus on best practice in opinion polling and greater awareness of standards,” Elissa Molloy, CEO of The Research Society, said.         For further information contact:   Campbell White (Chair) campbell.white@yougov.com Mark Davis (Secretary) mark.davis@ipsos.com Rochelle Burbury rochelle@thirdavenue.com.au Pandemic aside, government spending needs to increase by at least 7 per cent of GDP 2020-10-18T23:50:36Z pandemic-aside-government-spending-needs-to-increase-by-at-least-7-per-cent-of-gdp Dr Marc Robinson, an Australian, Swiss-based international authority on government finances documents how and why advanced nations are headed for a new era of bigger government in his latest book, Bigger Government. A member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditures and former staff economist at the International Monetary Fund, Dr Robinson has advised more than 30 countries on budgeting reforms. Dr Robinson says although government spending has surged during the pandemic, nearly all of this extra spending is temporary. “The real problems for governments in Australia and elsewhere are the powerful long-term spending pressures that will necessarily make governments bigger. It’s how we manage the growth that will be crucial to our future,” he said.“Government health spending, which is responsible for approximately 70 per cent of total health expenditure, will need to grow enormously. But not so much because of the need to build better defences against future pandemics. Rather, it is mainly because of the technological revolution that is gathering pace in the health sector, particularly on precision medicine and other new technologies.“Governments will also be compelled to spend big on fighting global warming, fixing ailing infrastructure and providing adequate aged care for rapidly greying populations. The combined effect of these and other spending pressures threatens to drive budget deficits and government debt through the roof. “There is no way that substantial tax rises can be avoided. In this challenging context, government spending needs to be focussed on addressing real problems rather than imaginary ones.”These and other topics such as a Universal Basic Income, elderly care provision, which is extremely poor in Australia compared to countries such as Japan, the Netherlands and Germany, climate change and infrastructure deficits are covered in Marc Robinson’s new book, Bigger Government, The Future of Government Expenditure in Advanced Economies (376 pages, Arolla Press).This far-sighted book is about the future of public spending in advanced economies over the time horizon of the next 30 years. Its central proposition is that government is set to get considerably bigger, growing in most countries by at least seven per cent of gross domestic product between now and the middle of the century. This rise will be triggered by major external forces and pressure points that will be very difficult to resist.Large increases in government spending will pose a major problem for future governments and for all mainstream poles of political opinion. Robinson’s book examines the challenges and how to cope with the prospect of the relentless rise in government spending.“With government debt shooting up in the wake of the pandemic, we must focus on the right priorities,” Dr Robinson said. “An important message to heed is that those on the right need to abandon pipedreams of small government and those on the left need to recognise that money for costly projects won’t exist.”Bigger Government is available at all good bookstores in hardback ($36.99) and paperback ($24.99). More information from: biggergovernment.comBook Reviews:"This deeply-researched and brilliantly-argued book is an honest, clear-minded assessment of the fiscal future. Robinson's mastery of program details and socioeconomic trends makes this essential reading." Allen Schick, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and Professor Emeritus, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland. “This book represents a path-breaking original contribution to our understanding of the future of public finances in advanced economies. It challenges traditional dogmas on drivers of public spending and instead suggests that irrespective of political leaning of governments, advancements in health care technology, delayed actions on climate change and long-term care will drive public spending through the roof in coming decades in advanced countries. This book is a wake-up call for policy makers to take action now on emerging challenges or face the wrath of electorates in justifying higher taxes in future. It is a must-read book for policy makers, practitioners, scholars and students.” Anwar Shah, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and Director, Governance Program, World Bank Institute (2004-2009).Notes: Dr Marc Robinson is available for interview and can write a tailored and exclusive op-ed for selected media organisations (selection of topics available). Contact Wendy McWilliams (details below).OECD: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 37 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.About the Author:Dr Marc Robinson is an internationally-recognised authority on government finances with extensive experience in budgeting, public financial management and fiscal policy. He is a member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditures, and also of the IMF’s Panel of Fiscal Experts. A resident of Switzerland, he is a Swiss and Australian dual national. 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E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Dr Marc Robinson can be contacted on +4178 4015 135 and E: marc@pfmresults.comSelection of photos available: Government Blamed for ‘Inaction’ as Fatality Toll Rises 2020-10-16T02:03:31Z government-blamed-for-inaction-as-fatality-toll-rises The Federal Government has been accused of ‘dragging its feet’ on work health and safety reform, as new Safe Work Australia statistics reveal the national work-related fatality has increased for the first time in more than a decade. SWA’s Key WHS statistics Australia report shows that while the fatality rate has decreased by 53 per cent since a 2007 peak, 183 workers died during 2019, 38 more than in 2018, with the biggest increases coming in transport (58 compared to 38) and across NSW (61 compared to 47). The data also shows the rate of claims through workers’ compensation for serious injuries increasing in agriculture, manufacturing, transport and logistics as well as health, community, and personal services. The ACTU has since accused the Federal Government of failing to act on the recommendations of a 2018 review of national WHS legislation which recommended industrial manslaughter provisions. Recommendations from the national review of the model WHS laws also included regulations governing psychological injury and ill health which would mean factors contributing to mental illness in the workplace would be treated like physical hazards. ACTU assistant secretary Liam O’Brien said the Government had caused the increased fatality toll through this inaction. “Every worker has the right to go to work and come home safe. Sadly, this data shows the appalling toll of Government inaction on workplace health and safety.” “The Morrison Government has been sitting on recommendations from the national WHS Review for 2 years. That inaction has made Australian workplaces less safe, and it has caused the first increase in workplace deaths in more than 10 years.” The ACTU noted that the increase in transport fatalities likely downplays the “horrific rates” of injury and death for delivery workers in the gig economy as many work-related deaths which occur on our roads are counted as traffic accidents, rather than workplace fatalities. “The rates of injury and death in the transport sector, in no small part due to the appalling conditions faced by delivery workers in the gig economy, is a national disaster. More than one worker a week died in transport alone in 2019,” O’Brien said. Key findings from SWA’s report include: 183 people were fatally injured at work in 2019 machinery operators and drivers had the highest number of fatalities by occupation (72 fatalities) in 2019 there were a total of 114,435 serious workers’ compensation claims in Australia in 2018-19 the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry had the highest worker fatality rate in 2019 body stressing was the leading cause of serious workers’ compensation claims in 2018-19, accounting for 36% of all serious claims vehicle collisions accounted for 43% of worker fatalities in 2019. Original Article https://myosh.com/blog/2020/10/16/government-blamed-for-inaction-as-fatality-toll-rises/ Friday 16th of October is DLD Awareness Day around the world! 2020-10-15T22:02:07Z friday-16th-of-october-is-dld-awareness-day-around-the-world Parker, is an amazing photographer with nearly 4000 followers on his Instagram page (@phlphotos) and he really enjoys participating in a range of sports. Parker also has Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) that affects two children in the average classroom. Parker was originally diagnosed with dyslexia in Grade 3 but due to continual difficulties at school that weren’t totally explained by dyslexia he received a diagnosis of DLD in early 2020.  "DLD feels like everything is going over my head all the time. When I talk, it feels a bit like I'm about to stutter. Everything rushes to your mouth at once. I have to stop the sentence and restart or move onto something else.  My mates don’t really notice, but I do,” he explains. Having a label has been life changing for Parker. It explains why he finds it difficult to understand when a teacher gives him an instruction and why he struggles to concentrate with his mind often going blank. “It’s not that you’re not listening or paying attention. Knowing you have DLD means you don’t beat yourself up over it.” Parker wants people to know that having DLD doesn’t mean you are 'lazy' or 'stupid'. Just like him, the 1 in 14 people with DLD are working incredibly hard to keep up with what’s going on around them. “People need to be patient and not get frustrated. It would be easier if more people knew about DLD.”  Parker speaks adamantly about the importance of not being singled out.  He doesn’t want to be treated differently. "It’s ok to have DLD. You can’t get rid of it. We need more awareness of DLD. More people with DLD telling their story to let people know about it.” Australian Shaun Ziegenfusz, Speech Language Pathologist, PHD candidate at Griffith University and Co-Founder of The DLD Project, has partnered with Parker to put an end to people with DLD being invisible. “With 1 in 14 children like Parker having DLD, it is time we talk more about this hidden but common lifelong condition. Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day, is Friday the 16th of October and there is so much work to do to build awareness of DLD,” said Shaun Ziegenfusz. “The fact is there are 2 children in the average classroom in Australia with this condition and they are being overlooked due to low awareness of their disability. We simply must do better.” Shaun Ziegenfusz What is DLD? You’ve probably heard about autism, dyslexia and ADHD but what about DLD? DLD causes difficulties with speaking and understanding for no known reason. There are serious and long-term impacts, as it puts children at greater risk of failing at school and struggling with mental health and future employment.  The biggest challenge with DLD is you can’t tell by looking at a person that they have DLD and therefore, they often get overlooked for support.  Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) refers to difficulties learning language and affects approximately 7% of the population. This makes it 7 times more common than autism and 46 times more common than childhood hearing impairment. People with DLD are 6 times more likely to suffer from anxiety and 3 times more likely to have clinical depression. They are also at significant risk of struggling with reading, spelling and mathematics. Although DLD is a common condition affecting many areas of life, children with DLD are unlikely to receive access to services, particularly for girls. DLD has also been the focus of significantly less research than other conditions. People with DLD can be as different as you and I. However, it is important to know that with the right supports, they can thrive!   About DLD Awareness Day Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day, now in its fourth year, is celebrated annually around the world with more than 30 countries involved in 2019. This year’s campaign is ‘DLD – See Me’ and families, teachers, therapists and the community are coming together to ensure people with DLD no longer feel invisible. How can people support DLD Awareness Day? Increased awareness of DLD can reduce social stigmatisation and improve access to specialist and support services. Supporting DLD Awareness Day can be as simple as visiting The DLD Project social media channels and sharing this year’s #DLDSeeMe campaign video with your networks. People may also like to hold a DLD Awareness Day activity on Friday 16th of October at their workplace or in the community and there are a number of materials including downloadable posters and fact sheets available at WWW.RADLD.ORG. The DLD Project is also working to have landmarks around Australia light up in purple and yellow, the official DLD Awareness Day colours with 5 landmarks confirmed in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. Friday 16th October > AAMI Park, Melbourne > Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Melbourne > Story Bridge, Brisbane > Victoria Bridge, Brisbane Saturday 17th October > Optus Stadium, Perth What is The DLD Project? The DLD Project is a new social enterprise in Australia launched in August 2020 with the mission to be the most trusted provider of evidence based DLD information, resources and training in Australia. It is the only DLD specific service in Australia. FOR MORE INFORMATION If you’d like more information please send us an email at connect@thedldproject.com or call Shaun direct on 0401 917 241. All of our resources are available via the following platforms: ·         WEBSITE: www.thedldproject.com ·         FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TheDLDProject ·         TWITTER: https://twitter.com/TheDLDProject_ Hong Kong protest activists go undemocratic: shut other people’s mouths up, creating fake book reviews 2020-10-15T00:08:06Z hong-kong-protest-activists-go-undemocratic-shut-other-people-s-mouths-up-creating-fake-book-reviews Hong Kong Protest Leaders – Sick Facts that Western Countries do not know written by Hong Kong citizen, Selina Co (in Australia), is a rare book that speaks against the protests. It informs Western countries on the vast anti-protest voices in the Hong Kong Community.   While most reviewers have been appreciative about this book, few fake book reviews start to pop-up in Amazon, Kobo and Google Play.  The Amazon 1-star Review by “Hung Hoi Chun” claimed the book fails to mention “the majority of protests were peaceful", which is actually in P.26 of the book. In Google plays, the 1-star review criticises the “Chinese Communist”, “womenize” and “Uighurs”, which are not even related to the book. There were no purchase records found from the concerned parties in Amazon and Google Play. In Kobo, a 1-star rating and a 2-star rating has no contents – the reviewers could not tell what they knew about the book. Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hong-Kong-Protest-Leaders-democratic-ebook/dp/B08D3917C3/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Hong+Kong+protest+leaders&qid=1602717558&sr=8-1 Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/hong-kong-protest-leaders-sick-facts-that-western-countries-do-not-know Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Selina_Co_Hong_Kong_Protest_Leaders_Sick_facts_tha?id=ogz2DwAAQBAJ   Google Play has removed the fake review; but has kept the 1-star rating from that reviewer. Amazon and Kobo have refused to remove the fake reviews as of today.   Hong Kong Protest Leaders – Sick Facts that Western Countries do not know analyses why large number of Hong Kong locals are against the movement when the others are fully dedicated. It lists out different accusations and allegations against both Chinese/Hong Kong governments and protest leaders, presented with videos, their own speeches, interviews with locals, statistics and local newspapers, translated from Cantonese to English.  It suggests how the unrest has brought more harm than benefits to the Hong Kong community. Many facts are revealed to western countries for the first time. Australians underwhelmed by the Federal Budget – Ipsos poll 2020-10-14T23:17:27Z australians-underwhelmed-by-the-federal-budget-ipsos-poll Sydney, Australia, October 15, 2020 — The Australian public are underwhelmed by the recent Federal Budget, according to an Ipsos poll. A quarter of those surveyed (27%) believe they’ll feel better off as a result of the measures introduced by the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg’s Budget, on 6th October, however,  three in five of us believe we will either be worse off (21%) or that it will make no difference to our personal situation (38%). Those on lower or middle incomes were less likely to think they will be better off following the Budget (16% and 30% respectively), compared to Australians earning over $100,000 (42% personally better off). Looking back at previous budgets, the 2020 Budget was better received than others. The Abbott/Hockey budget in 2014 was the most unpopular budget of recent times, whereas the last Howard/Costello budget in 2006 was the best received. Thinking now about how the budget will affect you personally, do you feel you will be better off or worse off BUDGET % May 2006 HowardCostello May 2008 RuddSwan May 2009 RuddSwan May 2012 GillardSwan May 2013 GillardSwan May 2014 Abbott Hockey May 2015 AbbottHockey May 2016 TurnbullMorrison Oct2020 MorrisonFrydenberg Better off 43% 31% 23% 27% 15% 8% 28% 24% 27% Worse off 24% 30% 38% 43% 52% 74% 33% 39% 21% No difference 25% 32% 34% 22% 27% 16% 32% 24% 38% Don’t know 8% 7% 5% 8% 6% 2% 7% 13% 14%   Australians are even more lukewarm when they consider the impact of the Budget on the country as a whole.  Only 38% think the Treasurer’s Budget will be good for the country – the lowest rating for a Budget since Ipsos has tracked this measure.  That said, only a few of us (22%) think the budget will be bad for Australia – and 30% think it will make no difference, or we simply do not know. From what you have seen and heard about this year’s Federal Budget … do you think it will be good or bad for Australia? BUDGET % May 1999 Howard Costello May 2001 Howard Costello May 2004 HowardCostello May 2006 HowardCostello May 2012 GillardSwan May 2013 GillardSwan May 2014 Abbott Hockey May 2015 AbbottHockey Oct2020 MorrisonFrydenberg Good for Australia 46% 44% 46% 52% 41% 44% 42% 54% 38% Bad for Australia 26% 24% 29% 25% 41% 42% 53% 29% 22% No difference 9% 16% 12% 10% 6% 5% 2% 6% 21% Don’t know 20% 16% 13% 13% 13% 9% 4% 11% 19   Six in 10 Australians think the Budget has been fair to all parts of the country, with a majority in all states and territories agreeing. When presented with a range of different policy areas, Australians believe the top priorities should be: ·       support for the unemployed (23%) ·       support for hard hit industries (do we stick in an e.g. tourism, arts and entertainment, hospitality, etc.) (15%) ·       support for small business (13%) ·       support for social impact issues such as mental health and domestic violence (13%) ·       support for aged care (11%) ·       support for the environment (10%) ·       support for retirees (9%) ·       support for young people (5%) ·       support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (2%) Labor voters have one stand out priority for the Federal Budget – that it should provide support for unemployed people (29%).  In contrast, Coalition voters see support for hard hit industries (20%), small business (18%) and support for the unemployed (18%) as similarly important.  Greens voters think the Budget priorities should have been the environment (27%) and support for the unemployed (20%). Among older Australians aged over 50, 16% prioritise support for aged care and support for retirees; this drops to 8% and 3% respectively for these issues among the younger population.  Conversely 12% of those under 30 think support for young people should be the top priority – but only 3% of Australians aged over 30 agree with them. Ipsos Australia Public Affairs Director, Jess Elgood, said: “The Australian public saw this as an unremarkable Federal Budget by the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg.  He didn’t make a lot of friends – but nor did he alienate too many people.  As Australians, we are more likely to think the measures he’s introduced will benefit the country than benefit each of us personally.  Our policy priorities suggest there’s still significant worry about both the economy and employment prospects, and there’s an appetite to see the Government take a strong lead in these areas.” Notes to editors Technical details These are the findings of an online survey of a representative sample of 1,025 adult Australians, aged 18+, between 7th – 12th October 2020.  ±3.1% is the maximum margin of sampling error that might apply to this sample. The data are weighted to reflect the population distribution.     For more information on this news release, please contact: Jess Elgood                                          Rochelle BurburyIpsos                                                    Third Avenue Consulting 0431 656 217                                        0408 774 577Jessica.elgood@ipsos.com                    rochelle@thirdavenuecom.au About Ipsos Ipsos is the world’s third largest market research company, present in 90 markets and employing more than 18,000 people. Our passionately curious research professionals, analysts and scientists have built unique multi-specialist capabilities that provide true understanding and powerful insights into the actions, opinions and motivations of citizens, consumers, patients, customers or employees. We serve more than 5000 clients across the world with 75 business solutions. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos is listed on the Euronext Paris since July 1st, 1999. 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