BUDGET: Petrol excise cut by 22 cents, $420 cash splash for lower paid, $2bn for women, more parental leave

- March 29, 2022 3 MIN READ

The Morrison government’s election budget halves petrol excise for six months and gives handouts to taxpayers, pensioners and welfare recipients in a cash splash aimed at clawing back votes. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who unveiled the giveaway budget in Parliament House on Tuesday night, has been able to juggle big spending with a reduced deficit thanks… Read more »


A Russian-born Australian investor explains how Ukrainian startups he supports are adapting to survive

- March 10, 2022 4 MIN READ

The devastation in Ukraine has put into sharp contrast the ridiculousness of the startup industry’s obsession with capital raising and marketing hype. The military metaphors baked into our general business strategies become laughable at a time like this. This was explained best by senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, Frank V. Cespedes, in the Harvard… Read more »


Why Australian politicians should welcome the AGL takeover plan by Mike Cannon-Brookes

- February 25, 2022 4 MIN READ

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flatly opposed the bid led by tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes to buy Australia’s biggest energy company AGL and spend A$20 billion switching it to renewables. This includes closing its coal power stations by 2030. As Morrison stated this week: We need to ensure that our coal-fired generation of electricity runs… Read more »


The Australian government is giving the CSIRO’s VC arm, Main Sequence Ventures, an extra $150 million as part of a $2 billion research commercialisation plan

- February 1, 2022 3 MIN READ

Scott Morrison will continue to tip out large dollops of money when he addresses the National Press Club on Tuesday, with his theme “building national resilience”. He will announce the government will fund a $2.2 billion Research Commercialisation Action Plan, which includes about $2 billion in new money The centrepiece is a 10-year $1.6 billion… Read more »

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Australian MPs are looking at the impact of Big Tech on mental health

- December 1, 2021 3 MIN READ

The Morrison government is setting up a parliamentary inquiry to put big tech companies “under the microscope” over dangers posed to people’s wellbeing by toxic material on their sites. In its latest strike against big tech, Scott Morrison said the move built on the weekend announcement that the government would legislate “to unmask anonymous online… Read more »


Planned ‘anti-troll’ laws do nothing for most victims of online abuse

- November 30, 2021 3 MIN READ

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Michaelia Cash announced proposed new legislation aimed at making online “trolls” accountable for their actions on Sunday. Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard Morrison decry trolls as “cowardly” and “un-Australian”, language that made it into the talking points at yesterday’s media conference. But is his new-found concern about… Read more »

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For whom the bell trolls: Morrison government plots social media crackdown against anonymous users

- November 29, 2021 4 MIN READ

Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites could be legally liable for defamatory posts made by users unless the tech companies out the person responsible under new laws proposed by the Australian government. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the proposed changes to defamation law for social media platforms on Sunday. The changes will redefine the… Read more »

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Australia ramps up quantum computing focus with $70 million commercialisation hub

- November 17, 2021 3 MIN READ

The Morrison Government’s increased focus on technology took another step up today with $111 million allocated to quantum technologies. The investment includes $70 million over 10 years for the Quantum Commercialisation Hub to foster strategic partnerships with other nations to commercialise Australia’s quantum research. The announcement came as Prime Minister Scott Morrison released its Blueprint… Read more »

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The NSW government just put together a $105 million bag of financial incentives to get more EVs on the roads

- November 10, 2021 2 MIN READ

The NSW government is offering $105 million in incentives to accelerate the uptake electric vehicle (EV) purchases in commercial and council fleets. NSW Treasurer and energy and environment Matt Kean announced the plan less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s $178 million plan for more charging stations. While Morrison’s plan was widely criticised… Read more »

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The Australian government is putting $500 million in to low emissions investment – and wants the private sector to match it

- November 10, 2021 2 MIN READ

The Australian government is hoping the private sector’s appetite for investment in climate change tech will make it want to partner with the Commonwealth in a $1 billion commercialisation fund to develop new low emissions technologies. The government is chipping in $500 million for the fund, to be run by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation… Read more »