Category: Business and Economy

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LaunchVic gets a $10m fund top-up

Victorian government startup agency LaunchVic has been given a $10 million funding top-up as part of the state budget, and will continue operating for at least the next two years. The Victorian budget, handed down on Monday afternoon by state Treasurer Tim Pallas, included $150 million over two years for

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Paul Fletcher’s long to-do list

Paul Fletcher’s appointment as Minister for Communications, Cybersafety and the Arts as part of Scott Morrison’s Second Ministry leaves him with the onerous task of working through some big-ticket items that have long haunted past governments. Mr Fletcher said he was “deeply honoured” and pledged that any future communications policies

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ANSTO precinct gets $12.5m boost

Newly-appointed NSW Innovation minister Kevin Anderson has unveiled a further $12.5 million investment toward the expansion of the deep tech-focused ANSTO Innovation Precinct at Lucas Heights. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation first received a funding commitment before the NSW state election. Mr Anderson reaffirmed this week the expansion

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Renewed focus on service delivery

In naming his second ministry on Sunday, Scott Morrison unveiled dramatic changes to the federal service delivery structures, as well as a new communications minister and steady-as-she-goes continuity in the Industry portfolio. The Prime Minister said a key focus of government across all portfolios would be on improving service delivery,

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Election 2019: how good is plutocracy!

“A triumph of image over substance, fear over logic, politics over policy”. Michael West reports on Election 2019 and the inexorable rise of corporate power over democracy.

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Carr backs out of shadow ministry

Veteran Labor industry spokesman Kim Carr has announced he will not renominate to be part of the next Labor shadow ministry. “I have spoken to Anthony Albanese and told him that I wish him well and the new leadership team every success. Millions of Australians rely on Labor and the

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Change of view on interest rates

Having been the only economist to correctly anticipate an interest rate cut from the RBA when close to 50bps of interest rate hikes were priced in to the market last year (See Bloomberg 17 August 2018), I have agonised over the exact months the cuts would be delivered and then

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Shetler’s digital plan for ScoMo

The newly-elected Coalition government has a tremendous opportunity to make a few serious and fundamental changes to the Commonwealth’s structures, processes and capabilities to enable the delivery of world-class digital service. It would mean Australians might finally enjoy the ease of use and cost savings of digital services that they

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#AskAlan: 23 May 2019

In this week’s #AskAlan livestream, Alan Kohler discusses investing for the long term, Blue Sky, super funds and more.

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Is it time to jump back into the housing market?

This week on The Money Café, James Kirby and I discuss the following topics:

Why bank shares popped following Scott Morrison’s election win. Clive Palmer’s monetary policies, and whether there should be a cap on election spending. Taxing retirees. RBA Governor Philip Lowe flags rate cuts in 2019.

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The new technology Cold War

This week on Talking Finance, Alan Kohler chats to Hugh Riminton, National Affairs Editor at Network 10 to dissect the results from last weekend’s federal election. There’s also the latest economic news with Dr Alex Joiner, Chief Economist at IFM Investors; market news with Evan Lucas, Chief Market

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Changing the way of recruitment: LiveHire

Alan Kohler speaks with Christy Forest, the CEO of LiveHire, about how the Australian start-up is trying to change the way people recruit.

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The retirees revolt

Robert Gottliebsen explains why a political party will never take on the retirees of Australia, following Labor’s shock election loss.

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