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September 5, 2014
Hockey gets cranky on tax avoidance
The federal Treasurer has cranked up the rhetoric about targeting tax avoidance among multinationals companies in Australia, and outlined measures the government...
September 4, 2014
Chubb proposes Asia Research Zone
The Chief Scientist Ian Chubb wants Australia to play a leadership role in creating an Asian-Area Research Zone as a part of his strategy for beefing up the na...
September 3, 2014
Taxing times: Tech needs a holiday
There are many pipe dreams in the Australian startup sector. Chief among these happy dreams is the notion that the Australian Government will end negative gearin...
August 29, 2014
NSW drops SIV bond rule
Competition among the states for investment dollars being channeled through the Significant Investor Visa program has forced New South Wales to drop its requirem...
August 28, 2014
Chris Bowen’s startup agenda
As Immigration Minister in 2012, Chris Bowen was the architect of the Significant Investor Visa program that is bringing cashed-up business people to Australia. ...
August 27, 2014
Vanstone: Waking the SIV giant
Earlier this week I spoke with former Howard Government minister Amanda Vanstone about the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) program as a guest on her excellent we...
August 25, 2014
Building links in China’s Startupland
One hundred young innovators from China will travel to Sydney’s VIVID festival of ideas next year to be matched with 100 young Australian counterparts for an amb...
August 20, 2014
The looming war on young people
The Australian Government’s extreme plan to force young unemployed people to wait six months before becoming eligible for welfare benefits has more to do with yo...
August 14, 2014
The Chief Scientist is rightfully cranky
The Chief Scientists of most advanced economies today have better things to do than spend their time trying to convince kids – and their government – that studyi...
August 13, 2014
Abbott on tech competitiveness
The release of the Tony Abbott-chaired National Industry Investment and Competitiveness Agenda has been pushed beyond August, so the startup sector will need to ...
August 11, 2014
Hugh Geiger: The exit interview
It is crunch time for Ollo Wearables’ CEO Hugh Geiger. He has packed his bags and left Australia. The company has moved to San Francisco. Actually it was crun...
July 6, 2014
SIV: Great wall of frustration
There are more than 1,000 formal applications from wealthy Chinese for Significant Investor Visas sitting in Hong Kong with officials from the Australian Immigra...
June 24, 2014
Billson: Startups a small business?
Federal Small Business Minister Bruce Billson added some shape to some of the unknowns in government’s tech sector industry policy on Friday at a G20 satellite c...
June 19, 2014
Maurice Newman on innovation
Maurice Newman has some interesting views on innovation in Australia, and it is unfortunate they didn’t get wider circulation in the tech sector’s discussions on...
June 18, 2014
SIV Program: Where’s the data?
There is a problem developing in relation to the Significant Investor Visa program. The problem isn’t about a lack of cash pouring into the Immigration departmen...
June 12, 2014
China’s Xi cranks innovation engine
In a week in which our Prime Minister has been spruiking the resources sector and the promise of great returns for investment in Australian infrastructure, Chi...
June 4, 2014
China: Our best tech friend in Asia
The health of the relationship with China is fundamental to the health of the Australian economy. This overwhelming consensus view is not just related to Austral...
June 2, 2014
Budget Notes: Buckets of blood
Listening to the shrieks and squeals of tech sector commentators over the past few weeks, you’d be forgiven for thinking Joe Hockey’s first budget contained no...
February 19, 2014
SIV approvals start to flow
The log-jam choking the approvals process of the Significant Investor Visa program has started to clear. But whether any of this money finds its way into innovat...
November 10, 2013
Tough week at the CSIRO
It was a tough week for science in Australia last week as it was revealed staff numbers at the nation’s flagship science agency – the CSIRO – are under threat....
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