×

Warning

JUser: :_load: Unable to load user with ID: 3658

Displaying items by tag: John Howard

The federal Labor Party has offered subsidies on electric vehicles, cutting import taxes and fringe-benefit taxes on all non-luxury vehicles that cost below $77,500. The Victorian Labor Party, meanwhile, has announced an annual tax of about $300 on EVs.

Published in Open Sauce

With the Democrat Joe Biden set to take over as the next US president on 20 January 2021, it is high time for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to make contact with him and discuss the matter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if Canberra is, as it claims, serious about providing assistance to the man and helping him go free.

Published in Open Sauce

What is the value of an Australian passport? I'm sure that this question would have passed through the mind of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, one of the best hackers this country has produced — and I mean that in the original sense, as someone who plays around with software — many times over the years he has spent trying to hide from the US and UK authorities.

Published in Open Sauce
Wednesday, 23 September 2020 10:39

Coalition's fibre backflip no Damascene conversion

While many people are rejoicing over the Coalition Government's backflip on its NBN policy and its announcement that it will spend to get fibre delivered to up to eight million subscribers in all, nobody should for a moment think that this is some Damascene conversion.

Published in Open Sauce

There was a time during John Howard's 11 years as prime minister when Australia was often contemptuously referred to as the deputy sheriff for the US in the Asia-Pacific region.

Published in Open Sauce

When John Howard came to power in 1996, there was no money in the government kitty to fund the strategy which he planned to follow: inducing people to vote for him thereafter by greasing their hip pockets. So he sold off the first tranche of Telstra. And there ended Australia's dreams of having a decent broadband network.

Published in Open Sauce

When anything bad happens, politicians always look for the first convenient scapegoat. And in the case of the massacre of Muslims in New Zealand, they have their bete noire right in front of them: social media.

Published in Open Sauce

Whenever a prime minister departs for good, there is talk of his or her legacy. And this time it is no different; in the case of Malcolm Turnbull, who was scythed down last week by right-wing ideologues in his own party, that talk has already begun. But Turnbull has little to show on the tech front, even though he has often been lauded as a politician who "gets tech".

Published in Open Sauce

Online retail behemoth Amazon has no problem dealing with the value-added tax in the UK and charging it correctly to those who should be slugged. Yet it claims to have issues with charging the GST to Australians who visit its US website.

Published in Open Sauce
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 12:07

Turnbull's 457 move a desperate bid for votes

What is the first thing a politician thinks about after he/she has won office? His/her thoughts will invariably turn to how he/she can get re-elected. And every move made thereafter will be in pursuit of that singular objective.

Published in Open Sauce

A lobby group for Australian IT workers says that any moves by the federal government to improve the way that skilled labour is imported into the country is a positive.

Published in Government Tech Policy

There is a notion in the minds of many who are in positions of power in this country that the Internet is a distraction, not something to be taken seriously. This is despite the fact that the very sign of network outage tends to get the blood pressure rising in boardrooms.

Published in Open Sauce
Friday, 27 May 2016 10:48

No fast broadband? Blame John Howard

Ever since the Internet became the focus of business and the need for higher speeds arose, there has been one period in Australia when it was possible to build a fast broadband network without going into debt.

Published in Open Sauce
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 18:04

Innovation: Turnbull will have to see it through

COMMENT When companies see taxpayers' money on offer, when they hear speeches liberally laced with words like "innovation", "agile", and "seamless", they do everything but burst into song in public.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Friday, 06 November 2015 11:02

TPPA text is out but what use is it now?

Call me a cynic if you like, but is it a coincidence that the government — elected by the people, mind you — always releases material that could result in a backlash on the weekend or close to it?

Published in Open Sauce
Thursday, 14 May 2015 13:25

Why streaming services will not end piracy

COMMENT With the arrival of Netflix in Australia, there have been suggestions that people no longer have a valid reason to indulge in unauthorised downloading of movies. Such reasoning is short on logic.

Published in Government Tech Policy

COMMENT In what is a perfectly natural confluence, the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, the data retention proposals and the copyright law changes are coming together to take effect around the same time. Nothing surprising here.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Thursday, 19 August 2010 02:24

NBN: Tech goes mainstream at RootyQ

It has been a long time coming, but the 2010 federal election has finally delivered a campaign in which technology has been a front and centre mainstream issue. And so unused to this kind of attention is the tech sector that many of us have found it hard to take.

Published in The Big House

WEBINARS ONLINE & ON-DEMAND

GUEST ARTICLES

VENDOR NEWS

Guest Opinion

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News

Comments