- Paid parental leave: NSW Senator John Williams says Abbott's scheme is too costly - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
The Australian Financial Review is reporting the Commission of Audit's first report, which the Government received nearly a fortnight ago, says the scheme is too costly and cannot be afforded with the budget in deficit. The ABC has been unable to verify the report and a spokeswoman for Treasurer Joe Hockey says the Commission of Audit's "recommendations are confidential".
- Artist adds tattoos to transform popular celebrity images - TODAY.com
- How To Read A 223-Page Novel In Just 77 Minutes | Business Insider
- Green Army to be paid less than minimum wage, Environment Minister Greg Hunt confirms - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation); also they won't be covered by normal OH&S laws. Untrained labour building boardwalks and handling brush hooks, no way that could go wrong.
- Adam Mansbach: My year on the bestseller list - Salon.com. Worth it even just for the bit about Noni Hazelhurst:
Noni is a beloved children’s television presenter who’s also managed to have a serious film career. She’s like an Australian mixture of Maria from “Sesame Street” and Meryl Streep. She represents the childhood of every Aussie and Kiwi under the age of 40. You’d be crazy to mess with her...
- Fiat’s Roof Top Test Track
- This Is The Gas Pipeline Map That Shows Why The Crisis In Ukraine Affects All Of Europe | Business Insider
- TALL POPPIES: Telstra Boss David Thodey Says Australia's Start-Up Problem Is More To Do With Culture Than Cash | Business Insider. There are a couple of seeds of truth in Thodey's comments, but they're drowning in bullshit. VC: even big Aussie venture capital successes like Atlassian and Bigcommerce are not successes of Australian Venture Capital - they got their money from the US. Tax: startups thrive on stock options, but Australian tax utterly cripples options. You get taxed for buying options as though they were actual assets, even though an option is nothing more than the right to buy something during a possible future exit event which will then become an asset (which is also taxed to hell and back). Culture: yes there's some truth that we don't really celebrate failure OR successes (tall poppy syndrom) the same way as Silicon Valley. There's definitely truth that Australia does not support or value innovation as a nation. For decades we've let our amazing talent and ideas go overseas - there is no shortage of Australian ingenuity, but getting support from business and government is like getting blood from stone. The anti-intellectual PM Abbott in particular is hell bent on reducing the nation to road builders - car manufacturing is out, QANTAS to be flogged off, innovation powerhouses like NICTA de-funded, NBN is shitcannned (it's sleepwalking through its death throes). It's true that it's hard to replicate Silicon Valley startup culture here - San Francisco fetishise failure and insane work practices, which we aren't quite so keen on. We like to have a life and we do expect businesses to have a business plan. If Australia wants to build a startup culture it should probably model itself on the more-conservative New York startup culture, where people expect a revenue model to back up the great idea. Australia could also show the world you don't have to work yourself into an early grave in order to innovate. Successful startups AND work/life balance - reckon we'd sort out the IT skills shortage pretty quickly.
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