Recently there has been widespread discussion of the new ERA (Excellence in Research in Australia) ratings. This has been a positive development, providing greater transparency about the nature and extent of world-class research output, university by university, discipline by discipline. There is a risk, however, that we are in danger of losing focus on the diverse missions of Australia's 39 universities.
UWA Business School In part one of our conversation, Hugh Mackay spoke about the rapid pace of modern society and the need to make allowances for others less fortunate than ourselves. Now in part two, he talks about ethical business, the hung parliament, and the future of generosity.
As a former politician and as a student of psychology, I continue to be surprised by the dearth of interplay between leading edge developments in the social sciences and decision-making in government, despite the vast potential payoffs in forging links between theory and practice.
Maintaining adequate global food supplies at a time of rapidly rising population, significant economic growth, increasing food and stockfeed demand, changing climate, declining natural resources, trade liberalisation and regional disturbances is a critical issue for mankind.
To meet this life threatening challenge, we must adopt scientifically sound and sustainable agricultural practices.