Australian Government

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Profit Shifting – Unethical and Disgraceful

This month it was revealed 343 Australian and foreign companies had forged secret tax deals with Luxembourg to siphon profits into tax havens to slash their tax bills – some to nearly nothing. What happens when big multinational companies use the infrastructural benefits of one country to generate income and then park the major portion of that income in another country in order to take advantage of favourable tax laws in that low tax country? The country that actually helps the business to prosper loses their fair share of tax and the country in which the income is parked is rewarded for doing nothing other than being a low tax country. This is not only deceptive but distorts the world economy...

Social Media in the Emerging Digitised Economy

Every new communication technology breakthrough, from radio to television, to computers, caused experts to become overly excited about the potential to revolutionise education, entertainment or business.  Visions of replacing expensive people with cheaper machines in these people-dominated economic segments, mostly, were dashed and the early excitement quickly dissipated. Cinema has not replaced theatre, computers have not replaced teachers and, whilst computers are everywhere in business, people still like doing business with people. Where technologies have brought people closer together, they have been embraced; and, where technologies have come between people, as in interactive voice response systems, they were much less successful. It is often felt that we are at a dawn of a new age, and that this moment has...

Many IT projects fail to deliver the benefits identified in the business plan, exceed their budget and are delivered late.

Is poor governance the issue and if so what must be done to fix the problem? * What is the problem? Complex IT projects usually have a well-documented business case before any organisation will allocate the significant resources required for such projects. This investment is made in anticipation of IT projects delivering significant returns. The problem begins right here because the business objectives, the business environment and the technology are fixed in time when the business case is approved but in reality they all change during the life of any complex IT project. Properly governing and effectively managing a complex ICT project demands that changing business objectives, the changing business environment and the changing technology must be constantly realigned to produce...

Stop Being a Bully Mr Demetriou

Sorry Mr Demetriou there is no such thing as a simple change to copyright laws our copyright law is broken and needs to be fixed properly to reward creation and innovation in a digital world where billions of people are connected to trillions of devices. Cries to protect consumer interests are not a furphy as Demetriou thundered last week. Like most bullies he attacks his opponents personally, not the substance of the debate by saying “This is a nonsense that Optus are peddling, that says that this is a win for the consumer is complete garbage.” At the core of copyright and intellectual property law is that our society is granting the creator or inventor a monopoly for a limited...

Beyond Broadband an Essential Investment for Our Future

As a 40 year veteran of the computer industry I’ve seen firsthand what technology has provided Australia and would urge the Independents to examine the major parties’ policies carefully and not reduce the debate to a simple choice between internet speeds and cost. It is much more than that; it is a choice between preparing for our future or simply making do. In 1996 when my daughter was born I remember nursing her as I surfed the Web with my then 18 year old son. I can vividly remember him saying “Dad I wonder what we will be doing on the Web when she is my age”. That will be in 2014, the end of the current budget cycle....