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Library Blog - December 2023


Who will write the rules for AI? How nations are racing to regulate artificial intelligence

The Conversation

“Best practice” protocols for AI governance are emerging from local and national jurisdictions and transnational organisations, with oversight from groups such as the UN’s AI advisory board and the US’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. Existing AI governance frameworks from the UK, the US, the EU, and, to a limited extent, China, are likely to be seen as guidance.

Global collaboration will be underpinned by both ethical consensus and more importantly national and geopolitical interests.

Mothers' experiences of emotional abuse from an intimate partner and its associations with children's developmental outcomes at 5 years

Ashlee Smith et al., Child Abuse & NeglectVolume 146, December 2023

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is associated with an increased risk of poorer child development. Existing research has focused on physical abuse with less known about the associations with emotional IPV.

Emotional IPV was highly prevalent amongst families experiencing social adversity. Developing acceptable and effective identification processes and interventions that prioritise families experiencing co-occurring social adversities should be a public health priority.


Insiders - Back to You


A weekly conversation about Australian politics guided by you. Every Friday, host David Speers and a rotating cast of ABC journalists from around the country answer listener questions about the week’s major stories, and the things they’ve never quite understood about Australian politics.

Policy, Guns & Money

Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Policy, Guns & Money is produced by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).
Recent episodes cover Australia-Tuvalu Falepili Union, PM Albanese's trip to China and Authoritarian AI and the metaverse.

ASPI is an independent, non-partisan think tank that produces expert and timely advice for strategic and defence leaders. ASPI has offices in Canberra, Australia and Washington DC, USA.


Community attitudes towards poverty and inequality in Australia

UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Thursday 14 December 2023, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (AEDT), Free Online

Community attitudes are an important part of building support for policy reform to reduce poverty and inequality. This webinar will present the results of a recent survey of the Australian public undertaken as part of the UNSW-ACOSS Poverty and Inequality Partnership. Scientia Professor Carla Treloar will be joined by Mark Chenery, an expert in values-based messaging and communications and Co-Founder and Director of Common Cause Australia, and Jacqueline Phillips, Deputy CEO and Director of Policy and Advocacy at ACOSS.

BookPeople Reading Guide: Summer 2023


BookPeople promote the unique benefits of bookshops and the interests of Australian booksellers. They recognise and celebrate the special role that books and bookselling play in society - creating community, supporting creativity and ideas, and opening doors to other worlds and experiences.
The Summer 2023 reading guide lists over 200 books for all ages and across genres picked by leading Australian booksellers and available for purchase at local book shops.

AIFS Conference 2024. Families thriving? Asking big questions. Influencing change.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 11 June 2024 - 14 June 2024. Registrations now open.

This is the 17th biennial AIFS Conference. Abstract submissions are now open.

The AIFS Conference is a major event held every 2 years, attracting over 600 key researchers, policy-makers, service providers and practitioners from Australia and internationally.

The main focus of the 2024 Conference is: Families Thriving? Asking big questions. Influencing change.

The aims of the conference are to:
-share research
-foster conversations on the big challenges and emerging issues
-build cross-sector capability to bring about positive change in family wellbeing and reduce gambling harms.

AIFS Conference 2024 will be an experience that showcases important research, is a catalyst for national conversations, and charts a new course for the wellbeing of all kinds of families across Australia.

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