Google walkout in Sydney part of global protests

Google staff in Sydney walked off the job on 2 November as part of a global protest against the company’s inaction on sexual harassment in the workplace after former senior vice-president Andy Rubin was reportedly given a $90 million exit package following an accusation of sexual harassment. There is also widespread concern at the ethical…

Unbiased and independent selection of research grants fundamental to the integrity of Australia’s research system

Ministerial vetoing of 11 humanities-based research projects recommended for funding by the Australian Research Council. CEO Chris Walton said “There is no room for political interference in Australia’s world-renowned peer-reviewed funding application process. While projects can be aligned with national priorities and strategic objectives, the assessment of scientific merit as identified by peer-review should remain…

My Health Record inquiry reports back

The Senate’s Community Affairs References Committee yesterday delivered its report into the My Health Record system recommending a raft of changes to help balance access and privacy concerns with the benefits of centralised electronic health data. Most notably, the Committee did not recommend making access to the scheme on an opt-in basis. The Committee recommended…