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Helen Bird

Helen Bird

Course Director, Master of Corporate Governance & Research Fellow, Swinburne Law School, Swinburne University of Technology

I am an academic lawyer, published in the fields of corporate governance, corporations law, financial services and regulatory enforcement of corporations law. I am interested in events, patterns and trends in corporate law, regulation and governance and their impact on corporate behaviours. I seek to demystify legal complexity and promote sociological understandings of laws regulating corporate governance and corporate activity including financial services in the age of technological disruption. I have worked as a lecturer and research fellow in corporate and commercial law at the Centre for Corporations Law and Securities Regulation, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne and more recently, at Swinburne Law School.

The Optus chief was right to quit but real change is unlikely at the telco until bigger issues are fixed

Nov 21, 2023 04:01 am UTC| Business

Optus chief executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin bowed to the inevitable on Monday and resigned as chief executive of Australias second largest telecommunications company. Why inevitable? Poor communication and a lacklustre...

Why the new banking laws won’t be the slam dunk the government is expecting

Oct 18, 2017 09:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Law Politics

The federal government is set to enact new laws covering Australian banks, senior executives and directors. Called the Banking Executive Accountability Regime (BEAR), it imposes new legal obligations on banks and their...

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Economy

Space arms race may be underway

As conflict rages on Earth, an arms race may be underway in outer space. On May 30, a US diplomat warned that Russia had launched a weapon into orbit, something Russias deputy foreign minister, Sergey Ryabkov, branded as...

Mauritius’ next growth phase: a new plan is needed as the tax haven era fades

Mauritians will head to the polls by November 2024 and politicians are considering the economic direction of the island country. For the last two decades, the countrys economic growth has depended heavily on its...

Canadians are feeling increasingly powerless amid economic struggles and rising inequality

If you feel like youre being pushed around in life, youre not alone. Our recent research has found that Canadians are increasingly feeling a sense of powerlessness in their lives. This sentiment has been steadily...

Myth: How the US manipulates global markets for economic supremacy

US president, Joe Biden, raised tariffs on Chinese-made goods sharply in May, claiming that the Chinese government has cheated by pouring money into Chinese companies … hurting competitors who play by the rules. The...

The world no longer needs fossil fuels – and the UK could lead the way in making them taboo

North Sea oil and gas has become a battleground issue in the UK general election. The Labour partys manifesto promises an end to issuing new licenses for finding oil and gas. The Conservative party meanwhile proposes a...

Politics

Three ways politicians always promise to raise money without increasing taxes – and why they rarely deliver

After weeks of controversy over Labour and Conservative costings in which each side accused the other of dishonesty the manifestos show that both parties had wildly exaggerated their rivals plans. But there has been...

Election 2024: migrants aren’t to blame for Britain’s housing crisis

Migration has become the most toxic issue in British politics, driving intensely emotional debates that are often based on prejudice and misunderstanding. Similarly emotional is housing a finite resource in high demand at...

How Vladimir Putin projects his image as a modern-day Peter the Great

Russian energy giant Gazprom is reported to have been hit particularly hard by sanctions imposed as a result of the war with Ukraine. An internal report obtained and published by the Financial Times has forecast that the...

Another election, another round of Nigel Farage hype, with no lessons learned

Nigel Farage, a man who has never been elected to the House of Commons despite years of trying, has again been allowed to set the agenda in the UK. Ten years after Ukip won the European parliament elections, throwing...

Trump's 'Huge Fan' Status of Tesla Cybertruck Fuels Growing Alliance with Elon Musk

Elon Musk, during Teslas shareholder meeting, disclosed his growing alliance with Donald Trump, emphasizing Trumps admiration for the Cybertruck. CEO Elon Musk spoke about his relationship with former President Trump...

Science

Nations realise they need to take risks or lose the race to the Moon

The Nasa-led Artemis-3 mission will place the first human boots on the surface of the Moon since Apollo 17s Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt left the lunar surface in December 1972. The goal of the Artemis programme is...

Eye exercises to improve sight – is there any science behind them? An ophthalmologist explains why you shouldn’t buy the hype

You may have seen advertisements claiming to eliminate the need for eyeglasses through vision therapy or vision training basically, eye exercises. These exercises include putting pressure on or palming the eye; eye...

The universe’s biggest explosions made some of the elements we are composed of. But there’s another mystery source out there

After its birth in the Big Bang, the universe consisted mainly of hydrogen and a few helium atoms. These are the lightest elements in the periodic table. More-or-less all elements heavier than helium were produced in the...

Engineering cells to broadcast their behavior can help scientists study their inner workings

Waves are ubiquitous in nature and technology. Whether its the rise and fall of ocean tides or the swinging of a clocks pendulum, the predictable rhythms of waves create a signal that is easy to track and distinguish from...

If an asteroid hit Earth and all the humans died, would the dinosaurs come back?

Many, many years ago dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Six-year-old Aga knows that a meteorite wiped them out… but could another meteorite bring them back? You can read a print version of this story...

Technology

CEO Says Ford is ‘Getting Close’ to Level 3 Autonomous Driving with ‘Hands and Eyes Off’

Ford CEO Jim Farley announced the companys progress towards achieving Level 3 autonomous driving, allowing for hands-free and eyes-off-the-road operation, during a recent interview with Bloomberg TV. Ford CEO Jim Farley...

Final Cut Camera for iPhone Released on App Store with Pro Features

Apple has released the Final Cut Camera for iPhone on the App Store, providing creators with powerful video production tools and seamless integration with Final Cut Pro Final Cut Camera App Launches on App Store,...

Crypto Exclusion: Elon Musk's X Payments Plan Leaves Dogecoin on the Sidelines

Elon Musks new X Payments platform will not support Dogecoin or any other cryptocurrency, recent regulatory documents reveal. Dogecoin Integration Left Out of X Payments For a long time, crypto fans have wondered if...

First Solana ETF Filed by 3iQ in North America, Incorporating SOL Staking

3iQ has filed for the first Solana ETF in North America with the Toronto Stock Exchange, aiming to include staking features for SOL holders, potentially marking a significant milestone for digital asset investments in the...
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