Jozef Imrich, name worthy of Kafka, has his finger on the pulse of any irony of interest and shares his findings to keep you in-the-know with the savviest trend setters and infomaniacs.
''I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.''
When Ali Noroozi took the job as head of the taxation watchdog, the Inspector-General of Taxation in 2008, it was likened to David taking on Goliath.
The office had been formed five years earlier, had embarrassingly few resources and a massive mandate to oversee the most powerful and arguably least scrutinised regulator in the country, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
It was an important and demanding job that wasn't for the faint-hearted. After a 10-year rollercoaster ride that has seen him butt heads on more than one occasion with the ATO, fight to keep his department from being closed, lobby to reform the ATO and broaden his powers and resources, the ever-diplomatic and very proper Noroozi is moving on.
Noroozi said the IGT should be taken out of the treasury portfolio, which is where both treasury and the ATO is located, and instead report to Parliament, similar to the Auditor General and the Commonwealth Ombudsman, which effectively report to Parliament but are in the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio.
"It is inappropriate for the scrutineer to be in the same portfolio as the subject of its scrutiny," he said.
And the name should be scrapped and rebadged the Taxation Ombudsman to make it more easily identifiable.
We live in a society bloated with data yet starved for wisdom. We're connected 24/7, yet anxiety, fear, depression and loneliness is at an all-time high. We must course-correct.
~ Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey An in-depth study conducted by NASA found that humans are responsible for the increasing wobble detected as Earth spins on its axis. On 21 September Paul Barry speaks at the Friends of the ABC and by 24th of tha month the CEO is packing the bags... ‘WHEN news broke that just halfway through her contract ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie had been given the boot, you didn't have to strain hard to hear the cheers emanating from the broadcaster’s Sydney and Melbourne headquarters.
Sally Neighbour, the producer of ABC’s flagship current affairs show Four Cornerssaid Ms Guthrie’s departure was an “excellent decision”. News presenter Juanita Phillips said the replacement “needed to be ready to fight bare-knuckled” for the organisation, a suggestion Ms Guthrie had failed to do just that.
High profile radio host Jon Faine was perhaps the most cutting, saying Ms Guthrie’s tenure had been an “astonishing fail ...”
Schneider on Security: “Some of us — myself included — have proposed lawful government hacking as an alternative to backdoors. A new report from the Center of Internet and Society looks at the security risks of allowing government hacking. They include:
Disincentive for vulnerability disclosure
Cultivation of a market for surveillance tools
Attackers co-opt hacking tools over which governments have lost control
Attackers learn of vulnerabilities through government use of malware
Government incentives to push for less-secure software and standards