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April 18, 2019
Victor Dominello: First interview
Freshly-minted NSW customer service minister Victor Dominello will impose mandated digital designs and data architectures across government departments in orde...
April 18, 2019
Data rights delay as laws stranded
Government’s failure to pass the Consumer Data Right legislation before the May election could lead to further delays to the rollout of the open banking ...
April 18, 2019
Govt won’t mandate Essential Eight
The federal government has rejected a recommendation to make the Australian Signals Directorate’s “baseline” Essential Eight cyber mitigation...
April 17, 2019
New milestone for digital Victoria
The most significant shift in the Victorian government’s IT infrastructure in more than a decade will be completed by the end of the year. State-owned...
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....
November 1, 2013
Prof Terry Speed, Australian hero
There were a ton a science prizes handed out in Australia this week. So in the interests of acknowledging the superb calibre of our science community – and these...
November 1, 2013
Rupert Murdoch is surprisingly right
Rupert Murdoch is a funny bugger. Just when you think that age has wearied him, and that his keen eye for the Big Picture had finally been overcome by terminal o...
October 29, 2013
Brandis shuts door on Huawei
The Attorney-General’s confirmation of the Australian Government’s ban on any involvement by Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei in the construction of the Na...
October 28, 2013
Tapping offshore startup talent
There is a large potential pool of entrepreneurial talent within the international student community that gets overlooked in this country because they don’t work...
October 24, 2013
888 visa scheme gets a re-boot
The biggest potential policy game changer for the Australian start-up sector is about to get a reboot. In a landmark speech on Monday, Immigration Minister Sc...
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Mazzucato on public research
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