May 25, 2014

Independent Public Schools In WA….Co-Ops In The UK

It seems WA parents are voting with their feet in support of Independent Public Schools, where principals have their own budget and can hire and fire teachers. The ABC’s 7.30 gives a run down here. This type of school autonomy […]
May 24, 2014

Free Workshops, UK Expert: Employee-Owned Social Care

There will be three free, 2 hour workshops – 9.00 – 11.30, June 11, 12, 13 – in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide – with a visiting UK expert in employee-owned social care, Dr Guy Turnbull. Guy has been involved in […]
May 19, 2014

The States, Income Tax And A Line Of Accountability

As the public reaction to Coaltion the budget continues the voice of Professor Kenneth Wiltshire, reported in The Australian, 16 May, stood out. Re: the current States vs Canberra stoush, he says the States should reclaim income tax powers with […]
April 17, 2014

Son Seeks Travel Buddy For His Mum

Stephen Slavin has contacted us hoping a PWF reader may also be also seeking companionship. Stev writes: “My mother lives independently south of Adelaide and wants to find a travel companion to take a cruise from Fremantle up into SE […]
April 17, 2014

‘Street By Street’ – The Art Of Neighbourliness Revived?

Street by Street is a national project initiated by the Centre for Civil Society. Its goal is to revive the practice of community, and the art of neighbourliness, re-kindling connections between neighbours that might once have formed spontaneously but which […]
April 17, 2014

Housing Co-op To Reduce Market Entry By 20-25%?

Housing experts working on a housing affordability initiative are considering an equity co-op proposal to reduce housing market entry costs. The Concept Housing could be developed and owned by Not-For-Profit entities, such as Common Equity Housing Limited (CEHL). The Process […]
February 25, 2014

Lindsay Tanner: Digital Disruption – Adapt Or Perish

Lindsay Tanner always made sense to me. He and Martin Stewart-Weeks are quoted in The Australian (17/02/14) saying: “Our institutions are relatively closed, exclusive and linear, exercising authority from a combination of longevity and distance from the lives of ordinary […]
February 25, 2014

The Last Australian-Grown Frozen Veg Manufacturer To Go?

The thought that if Simplot Australia closes, NO Australian-grown frozen veggies would be available at all and we would be relying on food grown totally outside Australia, is pretty black. A concerned friend sent the following info with a request […]
February 25, 2014

Effective Teachers…Innovative Researchers, Learners…

The Grattan Institute’s Ben Jensen has completed a fascinating report – for an ex-teacher! – on what works best and how it is implemented in the education systems of Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea. ‘Catching up: learning from the best […]
February 19, 2014

Tackling Change – Is Government Up For It?

It is possible that many companies in the car industry, as well as tens of millions of taxpayers’ dollars could be saved according to PPB Advisory – a major insolvency company that advises on business restructures and turnarounds. They are […]
November 13, 2013

Travel Buddys Around Perth?

PWF has received an email about Travel Buddys around Perth: “Hi I am a 51 year old lady, looking for other similar single ladies between the ages 45-60 to travel in convoy for short stints around W.A Perth.” For More […]
April 3, 2013

Experienced Overseas Traveller Seeks Travel Companion Here

Jenniffer is looking for a female companion for trips in Australia. She has emailed PWF saying: “I am a very active fit 70yr old widow, have travelled extensively mainly overseas, and now would like to travel Australia with a like […]