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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.
International experience highlights five areas that present profitable lessons for Australia. Martin Fisch/Flickr

Five things about innovation Australia can learn from other countries

More than 60 Australian government reports have identified direction, planning and leadership as keys to creating an innovative nation. Here's five things other countries have done to lead the way.
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.
We need researchers to collaborate with industry if we’re to be an innovation nation. Shutterstock

The ‘lucky country’ needs to be re-invented

An emphasis on innovation is great, but we need genuine reforms to universities and tax incentives if we're to promote collaboration between research and industry.
Making the case for state funding of universities. Students via wavebreakmedia/

The value universities add to society

As budgets get squeezed, universities are fighting to prove their worth.
Higher levels of military spending makes for more investment in new technology. Image sourced from

The tax system can play a role in Australian innovation

Australia has never been like Silicon Valley or Israel, so we can't afford to rule out tax incentives to encourage startups.
A Kenyan woman does a financial transaction using her mobile phone. Africaknows/Joshua Wanyama

Why financial inclusion needs a new frontier – asset building

Financial inclusion has so far focused on enhancing a poor person’s cash flow. But it needs to involve more. Not enough consideration is given to encouraging poor people to build assets.

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