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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...

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 nation’s...

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 gearing in the property...

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 requirement for 30 per cent of...

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. Now, as the Shadow Treasurer,...

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 weekly Radio National program,...

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 ambitious five-day program...

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 young people who have...

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 studying science,...

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 sit on its hands a...

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 crunch...

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 Immigration department waiting for approval. This...