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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...

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 National Broadband Network is fascinating and perplexing. It...

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 rights. And that is a...

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 Scott Morrison said Australia’s...

Telstra’s gentle startup strategy

The 800 pound gorilla of the Australian technology sector – Telstra – has gently lifted the covers from its shiny new startup accelerator program, tiptoeing carefully into the market...

Labor’s tech leadership team

Labor leader Bill Shorten has produced a mixed bag of the old and the new in his shadow cabinet; some good, some less than good. In the many and...

Labor puts Comms on backburner

With the ascension of Bill Shorten to the most thankless job in Australian politics and the naming of the new shadow ministry, the shape of Labor in opposition has...

The tech sector missing in action

The Deloitte ’Positioning for Prosperity’ report released this week makes an obvious and painful point for anyone who has an interest in the Australian tech sector. The report identifies five “super-growth...

Who will lead the Coalition agenda?

The return of Ian Macfarlane to his old stomping ground as industry minister might be a good thing. If nothing else, he is on familiar ground, having run the...

Creating a digital super-portfolio

The public service can have a huge role in building innovation culture through the rest of the economy. But to make that happen, it’s time to move responsibility for...

SIV: Chinese VC leads capital boom

After a slow start, investment dollars arriving in Australia through the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) program have started to flow more consistently and the phenomenon holds some promise for...

Crowdsourcing the election worm

The so-called polling “worm” used by the Seven Network during the first leaders’ debate at the National Press Club last night broke significant new ground, with new technology enabling...

Tapping the NICTA talent pool

It’s a little known fact, but Australia has world-class expertise in the data science hotspot of machine learning. That’s the pointy end of Big Data. Big Data might be...

The power of the private pitchfest

There are a variety of government programs aimed at raising the business profile of technology startups. This support, from state and federal governments, ranges from sponsoring the beer at...