At the time of writing this post, a little over 60 percent of the votes have been counted and current Lord Mayor Clover Moore has officially won a fourth term to lead the City of Sydney council.
In the six weeks since Malcolm Turnbull became Prime Minister, boosting the Australian startup ecosystem has seemingly risen to the top of the government’s agenda. Only a couple of weeks after Innovation Minister Chris Pyne sat down with StartupAUS and Wyatt Roy ran PolicyHack, the government has announced a partnership with startup incubator Pollenizer to deliver DataStart, an open data initiative to support data-driven innovation.
A lot has been said in the last 24 hours about Roy being the youngest federal member to have ever been given a frontbench role in parliament. Is it an achievement? Of course it is. However, that holds little to no significance to the startup industry.
This morning, Australia has woken up to a new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. This is a result many startups wanted. After all Tony Abbott did a fine job of making sure he was perceived as a luddite.
Last nights episode of Q and A was focused on the topic of mental health.
All was going quite smoothly until a question was asked to Bob Katter about mental health and the LGBTQI community.
Like many other Australians, Tony Simpson, a NSW Southern Highlands-based entrepreneur, is frustrated that our government pay such little attention to what we articulate online, let alone act upon our suggestions. This is why he created LobbyCrowd – an online platform that combines traditional political lobbying with modern crowdsourcing.
The timing of the current Senate Inquiry into the Australian Innovation System highlights some glaring shortcomings in Australia’s approach to and understanding of innovation. The reporting date, by July 2015, could well mean that any recommendations miss the next Australian budget.
Last week I wrote a column on the growing limitations our retrograde immigration policy presents on the startup community. This issue is not only a matter of urgency in terms of talent migration, but it presents a huge challenge on the growth front. We are facing a policy checkmate where new startups are prevented from acquiring talent and, with it, access to diverse ideas and markets.
An experienced group of coders within the community are suggesting that perhaps our startup space may prefer to throw the rod in a pond full of much younger fish.
Last week I was invited to have lunch with Clive Palmer and his candidate for the NSW Senate Matt Adamson, it was a pretty intimate affair and I was lucky enough to be seated directly across the table from him.
Bob Katter is widely cast as a hero for working class Australians. He has been a political figure for most of his life, championing farming and a lot of issues driven by the minority. The launch of the Australia Party on 3rd of June 2011 saw Mr. Katter take his political reputation one step further, offering an alternative to the political party landscape in Australian Democracy.
The word bigot has become like the word migraine, it is overused and has been given it’s own meaning in an urban context. Just like someone in the workplace is “going home because they have a migraine” [if you really had one, you would not be driving home, you would be crawling into the darkness of a storage cupboard at work to sleep] the word “bigot” is thrown around on and offline these days like confetti at a wedding.