Brett's list of bits - stuff and things as well as things and stuff...
I'm not saying that the last government (or the last few for that matter) were role models for transparency and freedom of information - they certainly weren't that. But the current government is increasingly ignoring the public's need for open and honest governance.
Posted: June 23, 2014 @ 15:20
Tags: Politics
This is a huge shame for reporting in the technology space but a great opportunity for Renai to help shape ICT in Australia at a political level so good luck to him.
Posted: June 18, 2014 @ 14:11
...surely the Australian politicians can too. This one is for you, Tony Abbott.

I wonder what Obama was really thinking last week when Abbott was talking down climate change in their meeting.
Posted: June 18, 2014 @ 11:08
I wonder if this will actually work. It will be interesting to see - or will the larger political system simply absorb the people trying to make the changes?
Posted: June 11, 2014 @ 12:32
Tags: Politics
And I'm sure there is more of this to come.
Posted: June 9, 2014 @ 09:22
Government, big business - whatever. In this case, big US government surveillance and "justice" departments are conspiring to screw everyone over. I'd like to believe it is just incompetence but it goes too far for that.
Posted: June 5, 2014 @ 13:04
I won't rehash the article - but the important point here is that our government is building a framework for access to media that is built around what the industry wants - and is excluding what consumers want. In short, propping up the incumbents in a technologically changing environment can't last long - the industry needs to change its business model pronto.
Posted: June 3, 2014 @ 12:03
This is very interesting - it would be good to see politicians in general get to the level of knowledge that Scot Ludlam does. So kudos to Labor for going down this path - it would be amazing to see the Liberal party to do the same but I'm not holding my breath.
Posted: June 3, 2014 @ 09:10
The funny thing here is that nothing in this article is exaggerated. I don't like it when anyone unfairly characterises other people but in this case - it is all just true.
Posted: May 23, 2014 @ 09:26
Tags: Politics
Unless you're big business or able to (as an individual) practice some tax minimisation schemes.
Posted: May 15, 2014 @ 09:23
The contradictions in this article are amazing. First, the whalers claim that "whale meat is like beef to Australia" - which is the opposite of what Japan has been saying for years, that whaling is just "scientific research". But then the "scientific research" of whaling is to see of commercial whaling can start again - so they hunt the whales to see if there are enough to hunt in large scale. Crazy.
Posted: May 12, 2014 @ 04:28
Modified: May 12, 2014 @ 04:29
Tags: Politics
This has been going on for many years - and the worst thing is that it is legal. Companies are always looking to reduce their tax bill (it is in their best interests) but multinationals have a significant advantage over local companies at the game.

While it is highly disappointing to see companies shirk their responsibilities to the community as good corporate citizens, we must remember that their responsibilities are to their shareholders and no-one else. So the only fix is to change international l...
Posted: May 9, 2014 @ 13:46
Our government is doing everything they can to destroy the Australian economy - even though we're top of the class in terms of world ranking economies. Sure, we shouldn't go overboard on spending but the cuts the government is going to make are crazy.
Posted: May 7, 2014 @ 18:20
Tags: Politics
Is piracy an issue? Yup. But most things are pirated because we don't have decent access to the content in a legal manner. If the rights-holders weren't protecting their old-style business models and embraced the digital age a lot of piracy would go away. All of it? Never - it's been around forever. But make content easy to access and affordable - who knows what could happen. Look at Apple and iTunes.
Posted: May 5, 2014 @ 11:48
I don't agree with some of this - for example, I'd rather we do pay for the MH370 search - because that's what we'd expect another nation to do for us. But most of this is absolutely spot on.
Posted: May 1, 2014 @ 13:50
Tags: Politics
I'm not in favour of huge spending programs - we need to be responsible with the taxpayer's money - but the current government seems to be trying to cut costs where we really don't need to - or more importantly, shouldn't.
Posted: April 28, 2014 @ 09:34
Tags: Politics
Personally, I'd rather we spend taxpayers money on science R&D rather than more fighter jets...
Posted: April 28, 2014 @ 08:37
Tony Abbot - the minister for women's affairs (really!) asking where all the ladies are in his delegation to China (and there actually were some, apparently). He knows the names of all of is male delegates but none of the women. Classy.
Posted: April 15, 2014 @ 15:32
Tags: Politics
Let's not turn Australia into the US...
Posted: April 14, 2014 @ 08:45
Modified: April 14, 2014 @ 08:45
And this is the original article in which Turnbull called for a cost/benefit analysis of the original NBN project. Hypocrisy indeed.
Posted: April 9, 2014 @ 16:27
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