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The National Library of Australia safeguards one of Australia’s most important living archives. Paul Hagon

Treasure Trove: why defunding Trove leaves Australia poorer

Australia has one of the world's best reference libraries, available freely to anyone with an internet connection. Severe funding cuts will cripple Trove's capacity – and that should worry everyone.
Manufacturing’s shrinking place in Australia’s economy has cleared space for growth and innovation in new industries. Gateway Technical College/Flickr

It’s not all about government, business managers can foster innovation too

In the lead up to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s much anticipated innovation statement, Anthony Arundel highlights the need for the business sector to widen its perspective on innovation.
Innovation Australia Chairman Bill Ferris. Paul Millar/AAP Image

Politics podcast: Bill Ferris on innovation

Bill Ferris talks about the need for Australia to bring its ideas and inventions to market, and the way to tackle a business culture that fears failure.
Without innovation in the agricultural sector, we’d only be able to feed, say, one billion people out of the current seven. ProFlowers/Flickr

What is innovation anyway, and why should you care about it?

Since becoming prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull has been talking about the importance of innovation. This is what he's referring to.
Science is key to creating a more innovative nation. www.shutterstock.com

Five ways science can lead the innovation debate

Through creating entrepreneurs and boosting global collaboration, science has the potential to drive economic growth and innovation – if only the government would properly fund it.
The compact fluorescent lamp was primarily developed by private companies such as General Electric, Philips and Osram rather than in publicly funded research institutions. Marcus Williams/Flickr

If we want to promote innovation we need to focus on businesses

Research institutions don't have a monopoly on innovation. In fact, most innovation comes out of business, and it's this sector that needs more attention in innovation policy.
Singapore’s one-north is one of many innovation precincts popping up around the world. Anthony V/Flickr

Valleys, alleys and roundabouts: innovating beyond a precinct

Bringing together knowledge and innovation has become an increasingly important consideration for urban planners as they grapple with the expansion of a knowledge economy and its implications for economic…
Research and development organisations have operated in rural sectors for more than 80 years, helping keep these sectors innovative and competitive. University of Tasmania

Rural Australia has innovation lessons to teach us all

The word innovation is often associated with banks of computers, not the back paddock. But Australia’s agricultural sector is actually a world leader when it comes to research and development. Calls are…
Large companies are investing in venture capital in the hope of replicating some of the successes of “garage entrepreneurs” like Steve Jobs. Flickr/Blake Patterson

Free to fail: why corporates are learning to love venture capital

Opening a venture capital branch seems to be the new “thing” in the corporate world. While Telstra and Westpac are the new big national players, Google is clearly ahead of the curve, with two distinct…

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