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In three years, Australia has diverted around $1billion US to indigenous businesses

The scheme uses vast procurement budgets to create jobs for indigenous people....

The Mandarin

Denver claims to have unlocked $25million by giving civil servants more freedom

The city has loosened the traditional close control in which civil servants...

Governing

The US’s first government-backed basic income trial is being run by a 27-year-old mayor

Stockton, California, will start giving at least 100 people $500 a month...

Business Insider

Canada has changed its national anthem to make it gender neutral

Instead of ‘in all thy sons command’, Canadians will now sing ‘in...

CBC

In rural America, libraries’ Facebook pages are replacing defunct local news

As more small-town newspapers go bust, libraries are reporting on crime, inequality...

The Atlantic

The UK has appointed a minister for loneliness

Research suggests that nine million Britons often or always feel lonely, and...

BBC

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New Zealand’s prime minister has announced she is pregnant

Jacinda Ardern will follow in the footsteps of Benazir Bhutto, the first...

The Guardian

Argentina’s parliament has sacked nearly 200 phantom workers

Two months ago, the Congress started checking which workers weren’t turning up...

BBC

The UK is unlocking $450million from dormant bank accounts to tackle homelessness

The money is taken from accounts that have been untouched for 15...

Independent

Portugal ended its opioid crisis by becoming the first country to decriminalise all drugs

In the 1980s, one in every 10 citizens had used heroin, leaving...

The Guardian

The UK’s Brexit department is training its civil servants in self-defence

Part of efforts to alleviate the mental strain of leaving the EU,...

Civil Service World

New governors in Russia are being run over by the army to toughen them up for office

Two officials told local news they’d also had to parachute out of...

BBC