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Today, readers comment on Scott Morrison trying to claw back nearly $3b from public service budgets if re-elected, educating future voters and meeting shareholder expectations.

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Commenting on the story: Morrison Govt to squeeze public service for billions

In his effort to claw back savings from the public sector, is he suggesting he as Prime Minister will take a pay cut? I think not. – Tracy Adams

Why don’t federal politicians take a cut in salary and benefits, as in New Zealand. – Philip Henschke

Commenting on the opinion piece: Helping more young people stand up and be counted

I couldn’t wait to enrol to vote and then vote once I turned eighteen. – Jeremy Bryce

While helping with the 2019 State Election, I was approached by a Year 9 student to have a candidate talk to her class.

The request ran aground because school management decided “it was political and not suitable classroom activity” which was received with quite some disappointment.

I think discussion about democracy and the discipline to maintain it should be a big part of Civics studies. Plus at least one trip to Parliament House in Canberra and also State Parliament to observe sittings and learn how parliaments work during high school attendance. The cost being born by Parliament. – David Thakrah

Commenting on the story: Engaging stakeholders in the ESG process

As a shareholder in a number of companies, I expect the businesses in which I own a stake to obey the law and at the same time, maximise my returns.

Anything else is something company directors and senior managers should do in their own time and with their own resources. Staying one step ahead of the regulators, whatever that might mean, is not part of their job.

Their job is to act in response to regulatory changes, not in anticipation of things which may never happen. – Albin Richtsteiger

Businesses also need to consider Human Capital Reporting. The SEC in USA requires this for listed companies but did not specify how.

ISO30414 Human Capital Reporting has been a worldwide initiative to the address the “how”. Whether required or not, using the metrics and approach in the standard will benefit the organisation directly. – Ian Fry

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