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The startup sector responds to the Australian government’s $1.2bn digital economy plan

- May 7, 2021 8 MIN READ

The federal government revealed some of its budget plans this week with prime minister Scott Morrison and treasurer Josh Frydenberg announcing a $1.2 billion Digital Economy Strategy. The headline figure is not as impressive as it initially sounds, with that figure spread out over six years rather than the usual budget stretch of four. And… Read more »

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The federal budget’s $1.2 billion digital strategy includes a 30% tax offset to boost the video games industry

- May 6, 2021 2 MIN READ

More than $500 million of a $1.2 billion digital economy strategy in Tuesday’s budget will be spent on overhauling the federal government’s myGov and My Health Record sites. The initiatives, to be announced by Scott Morrison on Thursday, include $200.1 million for myGov, which is the main portal for people to access government services online.… Read more »

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NBN borrows $2.6 billion via US bonds

- April 28, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

The government-owned NBN Co has taken on a fresh $US2 billion (~$A2.6bn) in debt via a bond issue in the US as it seeks to wean itself off federal government funding. The issue was made up of a five-year bond of $US750m and a 10-year bond of $US1.25 billion. The five-year bond will mature in… Read more »

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The video game sector says Australia’s migration rules are starving the industry of talent and growth

- April 15, 2021 3 MIN READ

The local video game industry wants to make skilled migration easier in order to attract and retain talented workers. Speaking at a parliamentary committee hearing into the skilled migration program on Monday, industry representatives lamented the opportunities gone begging because of a system that is not fit-for-purpose. Dr Jens Schroeder, a director at the Interactive… Read more »

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Labor’s new energy policy will offer discounts on electric vehicles and ‘community batteries’ to store solar power

- March 31, 2021 2 MIN READ

Anthony Albanese will promise a Labor government would deliver a discount to cut the cost of electric cars and install community batteries, in modest initiatives costing $400 million over several years. The announcement, to be made Wednesday, comes as Labor debates its platform at a “virtual” national conference involving some 400 participants. At present only… Read more »

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Here’s where to look for trusted information now that Facebook News is gone

- February 19, 2021 3 MIN READ

Information is everywhere, right? Well, here in Australia, we now have one less source of news information at our fingertips. Yesterday, Facebook banned Australian users from posting news links, and sharing or viewing Australian and international news content. This will have a far-reaching impact on many organisations and groups. For the public – people of… Read more »

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Facebook bans Australian news

- February 18, 2021 5 MIN READ

If you’re reading this story, then you probably didn’t see it on Facebook. The social media giant announced overnight that it would ban Australian news media from its site, following through on a threat in response to the Australian government’s plans to force Google and Facebook to pay media companies for news featured on the… Read more »

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Your 90-second guide to the day in tech

- February 17, 2021 3 MIN READ

It’s Wednesday, there’s lots happening and Victorians are free to dance once more. Here’s today’s news, and don’t forget to tune in for the Startup Daily show on Ausbiz.com.au  every weekday, 2-2.45pm. Watch online, download the ausbiz app or via 7Plus. Facebook ban Morrison government backbencher Craig “try the bleach” Kelly has been sin-binned by Facebook for a week… Read more »

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US accelerates EV revolution as the Morrison government rules out incentives for Australians

- February 8, 2021 4 MIN READ

The Morrison government on Friday released a plan to reduce carbon emissions from Australia’s road transport sector. Controversially, it ruled out consumer incentives to encourage electric vehicle uptake. The disappointing document is not the electric vehicle jump-start the country sorely needs. In contrast, the United States has recently gone all-in on electric vehicles. Like leaders… Read more »

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Google threatens to turn off ‘google’ in Australia if the government forces it pay for news

- January 22, 2021 3 MIN READ

Google Australia’s managing director, Mel Silva, has told a Senate hearing into plans to force the global tech giant, as well as Facebook, to pay media companies for news, that it will turn off Google searches in Australia if the government passes the laws. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg tabled what’s known as the news media bargaining… Read more »