If we want to stop kicking the innovation football back and forth – we need to move industry policy to a more prominent place in the political agenda.
The federal government spends over A$10 billion plus a year on industry policies but we have little idea how effective they have been. Programs are regularly dropped before we even know if they work. Think…
Redressing the balance can start from the bottom up.
What new and innovative infrastructure is likely to emerge from the suburbs?
Suburban areas feel infrastructure stress most acutely. Having to deal with severe inadequacies, suburbs offer fertile ground for infrastructure experimentation and innovation.
Estonia is all about digital governance.
Big data, analytics and predictive models will play the main role in the the next wave of e-government innovation.
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The case for neoclassicism in science.
Good mentoring can open up entirely new worlds for university students.
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Smart cities work on developing a shared vision of their preferred future.
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Smart cities do more than develop products to increase productivity and prosperity. Mayors, CEOs and leaders engage entire communities in shaping the future of cities.
The Turnbull government should be focusing on giving new businesses, not small businesses, a tax cut if the aim is ‘jobs and growth’.
Based on evidence, policies which seek to encourage job creation and innovation via a tax cut should preference large or new businesses, rather than small ones.
Scott Morrison is continuing to make the case for the government’s company tax cut plan to be passed.
The volatile political debate between the two major parties about the long-term vision for tax has left small businesses in the lurch.
A New York Times article from 1910 describes founding of Mound Bayou, a town founded on the wealth of a steamboat patent.
American slaves couldn't hold property – including patents on their own inventions. But that didn't stop black Americans from innovating since the beginning of the country's history.
Harvard University is grappling with the same problems as less wealthy institutions in very different parts of the world.
If universities work together they are more likely to find creative solutions to problems. Collaboration will allow them to benefit from the global academic community's collective wisdom.
Australia still struggles when it comes to innovation. No surprises there. But a new report on innovation shows some areas where we can improve.
At the beginning of the parliamentary year, the government is beleaguered on several fronts. But Arthur Sinodinos is determined to be optimistic.
Senator Arthur Sinodinos will be sworn in as minister for science today.
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The new minister for science has some challenges ahead, but there is an opportunity to build on the foundations laid by his predcessors.
Why isn’t new technology reflected in our productivity stats?
Since the 1990s productivity has been slowing in Australia and elsewhere. We aren't really sure why this is, but here are a couple of theories that could explain it.
The new Science Minister, Senator Arthur Sinodinos.
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What challenges will Arthur Sinodinos face as he becomes the latest to take up the science portfolio?
New minister for industry, innovation and science, Arthur Sinodinos, is fond of the term innovation.
New minister Arthur Sinodinos seems all for the innovation catch-cry but perhaps it's time he dropped it.
What’s the best way to measure research impact?
This move to measure the impact of university research on society introduces many new challenges that were not previously relevant when evaluation focused solely on academic merit.
Investing in pupils’ maths skills is an investment in a country’s economy.
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Good quality education fuels an economy. South Africa needs to increase its supply of science and technology university graduates. But instead it's lowering the bar, especially when it comes to maths.