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Highlights of the Innovation Statement

December 7th, 2015

“Innovation” – the term has essentially become shorthand for all that encompasses future business in Australia since Turnbull’s rise to Prime Minister in September. From doubling investments in research and development (R&D) for clean energy to making coding compulsory in schools, Turnbull has vowed to put innovation at the heart of his Government’s agenda. Today, the first major economic statement towards making this goal a reality was released. The Innovation Statement, pitched as a blueprint for transforming the Australian economy, […]

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Innovation – Should Agriculture ‘Milk’ the Benefits Too?

December 4th, 2015

By just browsing the ‘innovation’ segment of any news website one may feel bombarded with headlines about digital disruption, coding, technology start-ups and Silicon Valley. Begging the question, where do less (traditionally) tech-savvy industries stand as Australia embarks on an innovation journey? Agriculture, in particular, could largely benefit from a ‘beefing’ up of innovation. Despite posing as somewhat of a benchwarmer for the last decade as the resource sector flourished, agriculture has recently revived as an export earner as the […]

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Innovation Culture, Precincts and All That Jazz

December 3rd, 2015

From the earthy harmonies of soul jazz to the sporadic, atonal forays of free jazz – lateral thinking is the key distinguishing element in this type of music. Likewise, building innovation and an entrepreneurial culture could be compared to a form of jazz: it takes a lot of practice, a great deal of mistakes and emanates from a culture that values playing and jamming. Get that right, and then we’ll swing. But how does Australia jazz it up and expedite innovation? […]

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Australia to Double Investments in R&D for Clean Energy

December 2nd, 2015

Discovering a slab of coal in your Christmas stocking conventionally notions the idea that Father Christmas judges you more naughty than nice.  However, could this tradition be an idea of the past as the nation, and the world, moves towards renewable energy? Australia is amongst 20 countries, all of them major economies, who agreed on Monday to take a clean energy pledge. The investment program, titled Mission Innovation, is a promise to radically accelerate public and private global clean energy […]

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