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Innovation Minister Christopher Pyne and Innovation Australia chair Bill Ferris have their work cut out for them. Lukas Coch/AAP

Australia’s innovation problem explained in 10 charts

Transforming Australia into an innovation powerhouse will require overcoming these 10 key challenges.
John Howland and Dr Mark Bilandzic, winners of the Digital Media mashup award in the Libraryhack 2011 at The Edge, State Library of Queensland. Libraryhack

Australia needs an innovation ‘skunkworks’

Innovation precincts are great, but what Australia really needs is a creative space that brings thinkers and doers together to help spark start-ups.
New Assistant Minister for Innovation, Wyatt Roy, has his sights set on Silicon Valley. AAP Image/Lukas Coch for Buzzfeed

Startup nation: the rhetoric and the reality

The new Assistant Minister for Innovation, Wyatt Roy, wants to promote tech start-ups in Australia. But is that such a prudent policy?
A fresh start is needed for science and innovation from new PM Malcolm Turnbull and Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

The role of science and innovation in a 21st-century government

The challenge for a 21st century Australian government is to capitalise on research and create new jobs, industries and opportunities for the coming century.
An Ethiopian girl sells barley seeds in northern Tigray. The sub-Saharan Africa seed industry remains largely informal. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

Local start-ups hold the key to transforming Africa’s seed industry

The seed industry in sub-Saharan Africa suffers from many challenges. India, which has one of the biggest seed markets in the world, offers some lessons on how these challenges could be overcome.
Not bad for budget. Maxene Huiyu / Shutterstock.com

French airline brings back business class on a budget

Airline profitability is cyclical. The industry is extremely vulnerable to many factors outside of its control from terrorism, volcanic eruptions and economic downturns that reduce demand to wildly fluctuating…

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