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FinTech deserves our backing, fast

This week’s significant announcement Backing Australian Fintech by the Treasurer builds on the down-payment made last year by the Prime Minister and Ministers Christopher Pyne and Wyatt Roy in the National...

Procurement is not a dirty word

If you ask the Digital Transformation Office chief executive Paul Shetler which of the DTO’s many projects he gets most excited by, he says it’s the digital marketplace. This...

Telstra’s long march into Asia

When Andy Penn became CEO at Telstra he said he would bring his “particular passion” for doing business in Asia to the role. InnovationAus.com was last week reporting that...

An uncommon pursuit via the ASX

8common is a small Australian software company with big plans. Since its IPO on the ASX in August 2014 it has more than doubled in size, and now has...

ScoMo fires up new FinTech agenda

On a day when the Prime Minister revealed the cunning political mechanics of a possible early election, his treasurer Scott Morrison was launching an election-like manifesto aimed at boosting...

Startup tax changes set for change

The Turnbull Government will today introduce legislation that delivers huge tax benefits to angel investors who put their money into in higher risk, early stage startup companies that make...

Turnbull’s board goes heavy on VC

Malcolm Turnbull’s powerful new Innovation and Science Australia Board is heavy on venture capital and entrepreneurial representation and goes light on science and tertiary and institutional research. And it...

Telstra walks from San Miguel deal

Telstra chief executive Andy Penn has just been forced to walk away from his first big Asian deal, to partner with the San Miguel group to build the Philippine’s...

Beyond startups to new ‘scale-ups’

There is great excitement across Australia about start-ups. There is much to be applauded about the job creation impact – and other economic benefits – of building successful Australian-based...

Copperart NBN is new Labor target

Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare is framing an election argument around the government’s “Copperart version of the NBN” as damaging leaks about the slow roll-out, cost over-runs and poor...

Landing Pads: a startup shoestring

Austrade is firmly in charge of the five ‘landing pads’ that have been a centre of attention in Malcolm Turnbull’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. But government has so...

IP issues loom in ChAFTA upside

While Australia’s newly-appointed Special Envoy for Trade is singing the upside of ChAFTA for local services firms, he concedes IP issues remain a tricky issue for tech. But Andrew...

Business as usual an R&D tax target

A recent ruling over whether a drug trial carried out under contract was a new knowledge generating activity for R&D tax incentive purposes has implications for all contracted tech...

Stone & Chalk flags cyber security lab

The head of fintech hub Stone & Chalk has announced it will take the lead in developing a cyber security research lab in Australia, to “nurture and grow a...