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Secrecy shrouds TPP tech impact

When the Trade Minister’s office leaked details to The Australian last week of sugar being added to the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, the rest of Australia was understandably nervous. The negotiators...

Australia’s real digital divide

Just like the party-room meeting at Parliament House, there is a very sizeable rump of people within the tech sector who are disappointed that the leadership spill motion was...

Malcolm’s excellent digital adventure

Digital disruption has turned much of the corporate sector on its head in the past ten years, laying waste to jobs in some areas while creating whole new industries...

NICTA enters survival mode

Angela Merkel’s visit to NICTA this week was more than a publicity coup for the organisation. The Chancellor’s weighty presence has allowed the organisation to state its case for...

Angela Merkel’s spotlight on NICTA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit next week to Australia’s flagship information technology research agency – NICTA – must surely be causing some discomfort and embarrassment among the senior ranks...

Telstra’s massive eHealth appetite

In launching Telstra’s vast ambition to become a major commercial player in the delivery of health services in Australia, David Thodey sounded more like a health minister than a...

Doubling down on the SIV punt

The Australian Government plan to sell a 12-month “pathway to permanent residency” to business migrants for $15 million seems to be a policy at odds with itself. The new...

China eCommerce: Ripe for the picking

Australian producers are missing huge and growing opportunities in China because they simply do not understand the transformational impact that China-based eCommerce and social media platforms have had in...

Baird champions China tech trade

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has committed to increasing the state’s research collaboration with partners in China, and wants better integration of technology industries between the two countries....

Macfarlane rings in the tax changes

The federal government is considering a range of tax incentives to encourage more capital to find its way into higher risk investments. But if you’re a local tech startup,...

NICTA consider private options

It must be nearing crunch-time for the leadership at the nation’s premier information technology research institution NICTA as it faces up to an uncertain funding future. And although senior...

Women: STEM doubles salary

Women in jobs that require the study of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) subjects can earn twice the salary of vocational roles that women have more traditionally pursued,...

Startupland in the Real Australia

Defining and implementing effective industry policy for regional Australia is difficult. Look at any government’s regional development policies in the past 30 years and you will find a mixed...

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 will take to the G20 to help...