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Here’s what the major parties and key independents are saying about their commitments to tech and science

- May 18, 2022 2 MIN READ

Peak industry body Science & Technology Australia has asked the political parties and independents standing in this Saturday’s federal ballot for their positions on 10 election priorities for the sector. The sector’s priorities identify major science and technology policy settings and investments needed for Australia to seize crucial opportunities. Whether the pledges of current and… Read more »

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Australia doesn’t have a strategy for moving to clean transport quickly – so we wrote this plan

- May 12, 2022 4 MIN READ

Australia has no clear strategy to decarbonise transport. That’s a problem, because without a plan, our take-up of clean technologies like electric cars, trucks and buses is slow. It’s stopping us from meeting our climate commitments. And it leaves us paying exorbitant prices for imported oil at the fuel pump, as well as in the… Read more »

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NSW has set out a 20-year roadmap to ramp up critical R&D

- May 6, 2022 3 MIN READ

With research and development investment lagging Victoria and the OECD, New South Wales is doubling down on its competitive advantages in areas like AI, quantum computing, and nanotechnology, the state’s head scientist revealed in launching the state’s new 20-year R&D strategy. The NSW 20-Year R&D Roadmap – whose creation was recommended as part of the state government’s… Read more »

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Labor pledges to double investment in electric and hydrogen vehicles to $500 million if it wins the election

- May 2, 2022 2 MIN READ

Labor leader Anthony Albanese has pledged to double the government’s $250 million Future Fuels Fund to $500 million to boost electric vehicle uptake and infrastructure if it wins the federal election on May 21.  The ALP’s ‘Driving the Nation’ policy also embraces hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure, and hopes to make EVs more affordable and easier to charge, as… Read more »

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How digital platforms are tackling Australia’s election campaign in the age of misinformation

- April 25, 2022 4 MIN READ

As the upcoming federal election campaign moves online, digital platforms and social media are gearing up to counter the spread of misleading information online. While politicians should play a responsible role, digital platforms also have a responsibility to take vigilant, careful action to identify and address misinformation and disinformation during the Australian election campaign, according… Read more »

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IT peak body AIIA calls for Cabinet-level Digital Economy minister in the next Australian government

- April 11, 2022 3 MIN READ

Peak body the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) wants to government formed after the May federal election to create a new Cabinet level Minister for the Digital Economy. AIIA CEO Ron Gauci said technology is an essential driver to economic growth, creating jobs and making the nation globally competitive. While the Morrison government already has… Read more »

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$1.3 billion defence drone project canned as Budget spends $10 billion on boosting offensive cybersecurity capabilities

- April 7, 2022 2 MIN READ

The government’s REDSPICE cyber security program – a $9.9 billion centrepiece to last week’s budget – has come at the cost of a $1.3 billion Sky Guardian drone project which has already set taxpayers back $10 million, senate estimates revealed on Friday. Despite the $9.9 billion headline figure championed by the Treasurer in his budget speech, a… Read more »

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‘A grim outcome’: startup and tech sector reactions to the 2022 Budget measures

- March 30, 2022 15 MIN READ

There’s been a mixed reaction to the Morrison government’s last budget before the election. While The Tech Council of Australia welcomed the measures for small business offering additional tax deductions for employers who invest in digital skills training for their staff, while William Buck startup advisor and accountant Jack Qi gave the budget a “C-”… Read more »

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The election bribes budget: cash sweeteners for voters to stick with the Coalition

- March 29, 2022 3 MIN READ

When Josh Frydenberg says his key cost-of-living budget measures are “temporary” and “targeted”, he’s precisely right, though the reasons are more opportunistic than he’d spruik publicly. He says it’s all about giving help when it’s needed while not baking in long-term spending. But actually, and equally, the measures are aimed squarely at the imminent election,… Read more »