Technology and Media Communications

Can the R&D Tax Incentive Offset Deindustrialisation?

March 29th, 2016

In the contemporary period, the idea of a ‘national economy’ in Australia is continually reinforced by national discourses of competitiveness and innovation. Our past, as described by Turnbull in his idea’s boom speech, has relied too much on the mining boom and has subsequently condensed other industries. However, unless there is a leap in investment and a long-term effort to innovate in “what we are good at producing”, a downward trend in the wealth of the original country is to […]

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App Developers, Have You Considered the R&D Tax Incentive?

March 11th, 2016

By 2020, 70 percent of the population will have smartphones. Accordingly, the dominant presence of smartphones is greatly expanding the scope of mobile phone software development. The “App Economy”, as it is branded, is indeed mounting as it intertwines with the phenomenal increase in mobile phone penetration. As a result, mobile application development has emerged as a leading category in the software industry. Typically, the development of this unique software for both iOS and Android platforms often requires extensive research […]

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Policy Changes: Driving Innovation or a Reaction to Trends?

March 9th, 2016

Using the medical technology (medtech) industry as an example, we pose the question: do policy changes fuel innovation, or are they merely a reaction to emerging trends?  Over the last three decades, medical technologies have transformed many previously untreatable diseases into manageable long-term conditions. However, as the global disease burden evolves there is a continuing need to develop new and more effective medicines.  As a result, companies operating at the intersection of technology and medical science are attracting increasing attention as […]

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Tech Investors Push for Tax Breaks

September 1st, 2014

Tax breaks enjoyed by property investors should be diverted to support innovative, job-creating companies instead, according to tech entrepreneurs. A lower tax rate on start-up income, a zero capital gains tax and a way for investors to use losses would boost the start-up industry and create jobs in a tumultuous market. Freelancer.com Chief Executive, Matt Barrie says it was the tech industry who created the world’s youngest billionaire – Mark Zuckerberg. “I cannot think of any other industry other than […]

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