Category: Business and Economy

Latest Independent Commentary on Business & the Economy

Uber breached 1.2m Australians’ privacy

Uber breached 1.2 million Australian customers’ privacy when it failed to protect their data from a cyber attack in 2016, the Privacy Commissioner has determined after a three and a half year investigation which encountered “jurisdictional issues”. Names, email addresses, drivers licence numbers, and location data were stolen in

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Tech Central to add space research network

A new Space Research Network linking industry, academic research and government will be established at Sydney’s Tech Central precinct with $1.4 million in state government funding. The University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney will be co-hosts of the network, which aims to connect stakeholders to work

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NDIS tech still in ‘infancy’, nearly 10 years later

The tech system underpinning the National Disability Insurance Scheme is still in its “infancy” despite being launched nearly a decade ago, and this was compounded by the agency being “plagued by the scourge of labour hire”, the public sector union says. In a submission to the inquiry into the

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Interview: Christian Porter on the industry portfolio

Industry, Science and Technology minister Christian Porter has mapped a layered set of priorities for Australia’s manufacturing-led recovery that preserves existing jobs, plugs supply-chain and capability gaps, and keeps an eye to supporting future industries. In a first in-depth portfolio interview since taking the Industry portfolio in March, Mr

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The pandemic is a ‘dress rehearsal’ for the next decade

You could say the last twelve months may well have been a dress rehearsal for the next decade. We saw widespread adoption of a set of technologies that accelerated over the year, coupled with rapid digitisation impacting every sector of the economy. We are now more connected than at

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Nation-building moonshots and why they matter

It is 52 years since the first person walked on the moon. The day that Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins landed on the moon was one of the most significant milestones in human history. It created a reference point for past and future ambition. It set the

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Govt hunts for FOI Commissioner

The search is on for a Freedom of Information Commissioner after the federal government provided $1 million in funding to establish the position, as the nation’s privacy office battles an ever-growing FOI case backlog. The May budget included $1 million per year to establish the Freedom of Information Commissioner

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Vic govt seeks manager for new ‘fund of funds’

The Victorian government is on the hunt for a manager of its $120 million “fund of funds” which will back early-stage tech firms in the state. The Victorian Startup Capital Fund (VSCF) was announced in last year’s Victorian budget, with $60 million allocated by the state government to be

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Foreign funds are being discouraged: AIC

The lack of common investment vehicles first promised by the Coalition five years ago is acting as a handbrake on foreign capital entering Australia, according to the peak investment group, which is calling for greater harmonisation with global standards. In the 2016 budget, the federal government announced it would

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Govt releases highly redacted COVIDSafe report

The federal government has been forced to release a report on the effectiveness of its controversial contact tracing app COVIDSafe, but has removed all parts relating to this and left only basic information and positive comments. The report, released this week following a Freedom of Information request, has wholly

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Govt ‘baking-in’ rorts to $800m manufacturing grants

The coalition government’s $800 million manufacturing grants program will be used as a slush fund in the run up to the next election, Labor has warned, after it was revealed the Prime Minister will have final say on where the money goes. The Opposition is raising the alarm about

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