Government & Public Sector

G7 Biarritz: What did we learn?

The G7, made up of leaders from France, Germany, the UK, Italy, Japan, Canada and the US, like many other global governance institutions, is not and has never been perfect.

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Bringing local councils up to speed in a digital age

According to a new report by KPMG Enterprise and the Public Sector Network, only 3 percent of councils consider themselves digitally up to speed.

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50 years since the Apollo 11 Landing, 1 year since KPMG launched into Space

On the 50th anniversary of that amazing achievement, when Apollo 11 landed and humans walked on another celestial body, we want to acknowledge that effort that sacrifice and offer our support to the next wave of space achievements

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Australia’s tertiary education sector: small steps towards big change

‘Big bang’ reform of the tertiary sector now appears off the agenda. In this term of government, reform is likely to be more incremental in nature.

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Why were the “quiet Australians” missed in the election pre-polls?

The inaccuracy of polling data came as a big shock after consistent predictions of a Labor victory, with bookmakers even paying out in advance.

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Why So Hollow? Australia’s Defence Industry Middle and what to do about it

Australia’s defence industry sector has an odd shape. Medium size companies are rare in Australian defence industry. We’ve a strong top and a large bottom – but why so hollow…

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Strong, sustainable, integrated and mutually-beneficial partnerships crucial for the university of the future

Today, most universities have recognised the importance of relationships with industry, but have not yet taken a full strategic approach towards this.

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Key steps to council transformation: increasing efficiency and citizen satisfaction through ICT and digital transformation

Councils are facing the demands of accomplishing more with fewer resources, maximising efficiencies and cost-savings and responding to citizens who are increasingly sophisticated and digitally-savvy.

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University degrees pay dividends for men, but women still trail

With far higher numbers of young people attending university than in the past, the value of a university degree is often now questioned. But a new KPMG report, Is tertiary…

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The cost of coming back: achieving a better deal for working mothers

More than 125,000 returning-to-work Australian mums are actually financially worse off by increasing their working days above three days a week.

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Silent movers: electric cars are coming, but is energy regulation ready?

Regulatory arrangements are not ready to deal with the rising uptake of electric vehicles.

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Has our technical education fallen into a ‘polytechnic’ sized hole?

Earlier this year I was able to contribute to the KPMG Australia report Reimagining Tertiary Education: From binary system to ecosystem. In doing so I was struck by many resonances between the situation in Australia and that in the UK, most particularly England.

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Tunnel Vision – why an infra-geek loves digging up Sydney’s transport

Last week I was in Sydney, where tunnelling seems to be becoming an obsession

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