By LAURIE PATTON | 5 December 2017
On the 45th anniversary of the election of the Whitlam Government let’s reflect on a forward-thinking policy that deserves revisiting for a digitally-enabled world – decentralisation.
It’s predicted that pretty soon 90 percent of all Australians will live in our capital cities. But does it makes sense for most of us to be jammed into a handful of increasingly overcrowded population centres? Continue reading “Unpopulate or perish – revisiting the Whitlam decentralisation vision in a digital age”
By LAURIE PATTON | 17 November 2017
Back when I was CEO of Internet Australia, the not-for-profit peak body representing the interests of Internet users, we attracted criticism via comments published in The Australian newspaper that resulted in legal action.
Some people associated with the NBN had apparently not taken kindly to IA’s campaign for #BetterBroadband. Continue reading “NBN may be biggest infrastructure debacle”
By LAURIE PATTON | 9 November 2017
Among the issues considered at a recent Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat conference was how to deal with increasing urban density without destroying communities’ liveability, and how to increase people’s accessibility to their workplaces.
In The Fifth Estate’s report on the conference, it said: “By 2053, about 89 per cent of all Australians are expected to live in capital cities. As more and more people enter these cities, residents are becoming increasingly concerned with impacts on liveability”.
One of the solutions proposed was to build more public transport systems within cities, and specifically in the case of Sydney to continue the current trend for building new metros.
But does it makes sense for most of us to be jammed into a handful of overcrowded cities?
Continue reading “Taking Smart City agenda to the regions could help Australia’s straining cities”
By LAURIE PATTON | 15 September 2017
Outgoing chair of Internet Australia, Anne Hurley, has grown tired of defending herself and IA against baseless attacks from people with questionable agendas.
In my case, like Anne, I’m incredibly proud of the impact we’ve had highlighting the need for a 21st Century NBN. At every stage, I’ve been mindful of the supportive feedback we have received from IA members and the general public and been guided by a member survey that overwhelmingly opposed the deployment of inferior copper-wire-based FTTN. Continue reading “Baseless attacks by NBN Co cronies see resignations from Internet Australia”
By LAURIE PATTON | 9 August 2017
The years ago, Internet Australia, the NFP peak body representing internet users, embarked on a mission to foster more informed debate about the National Broadband Network and its importance to Australia’s future. It was – and is – the view of the board and members that we need something better than a network deploying ageing copper wires. Most technology journalists already agreed with that proposition.
However, some in the mainstream media took much longer to get the message. As one of my former colleagues from Channel Seven put it, the subject amounted to a lot of “white noise“. Continue reading “Internet Australia continues to call out #NBNFail amid media attacks”
By LAURIE PATTON | 9 August 2017
According to the Australian Financial Review, the company building the National Broadband Network is about to lease two extremely expensive offices — one in Melbourne and one in Sydney.
That’s rather old school thinking. NBN Co should be leading by example. One of the benefits of a digitally-enabled world is the ability to work remotely or to decentralise. Continue reading “The broadband debacle: NBN Co needs to eat its own dog food”
By LAURIE PATTON | 18 July 2017
It’s time for not-for-profits – their directors and their senior executives – to have a good look in the governance mirror. And it would be a good idea for the members of NFP’s to critically assess the governance practices of their boards. Perhaps we even need to look at changing the relevant laws to ensure better governance of the sector?
Too many NFP boards are dominated by people who have hung on limpet-like for too long – precluding others from contributing and defending past policies and practices long deserving review. Too few actually understand modern governance principles.
Continue reading “The case for mandating governance training for NFP boards”
By LAURIE PATTON | 21 June 2017
Earlier in the year the head of the NBN Co, Bill Morrow, was appearing before a Senate Estimates hearing. Asked by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam about his organisation’s habit of blocking people who make unkind comments about his inferior broadband network on social media, Mr Morrow had the first of two ‘brain farts’ in which he gratuitously attacked Internet Australia.
Continue reading “NBN boss attacks Internet Australia under Parliamentary privilege”
By LAURIE PATTON | 20 February 2017
Faced with an important editorial decision, the ABC‘s managing director Michelle Guthrie went to dinner instead – thus proving, in my opinion, her unsuitability for such an important role.
The incident highlighted a lack of understanding of her responsibilities as editor-in-chief, not to mention those of the organisation’s most senior executive.
Continue reading “What ABC’s 7.30 got wrong (and refused to correct) about ‘that’ Kennett story!”