Australia's budget for 2013/2014 contains plenty of interest to the technology community. One of the Budget's centrepieces is $AUD9.8 billion of funds, over six years, with the aim of ensuring “Australia to be placed in the top five countries internationally in reading, mathematics and science by 2025”. That investment in maths …
You missed the fact that over $5m is being given to the greek orthodox church in adelaide to sound proof it against aircraft noise, see what problems these hightech flying doodads cause!
Funding schools by raiding university funding
From the Sci/Tech point of view there are some good bits (e.g. $135.3M over 5 years for Australian Research Council Future Fellowships, $185.9M over 2 years for the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme) and the extra school funding is of course very welcome but it's a bit overshadowed by the $3.3B of cuts over 4 years to university funding. If Australia wants to be in the top five countries in the world for education it will need to properly fund education above the age of 18 as well as below it.
"C‑band space surveillance radar at the Harold E. Holt Naval Communication Station"
Do you think they'll find him?
(sorry Simon, it's 4:30 pm and I'm not feeling sensible any more).
"$4.5m saving deciding not to implement a national internet filter"
No need for a 'national internet filter' (even one that might work) - just continue to allow the teleco's to screw every user who uses their services.
Anybody who connects for a period longer than two minutes MUST be a paedophile or a criminal.
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea?
How in God's name does millions of dollars spent to attract filmakers to Aust. to make yet another Jules Verne movie count as sciene/education/IT/whatever funding? Surely this should go under funding to the Arts? (Not that there's anything wrong with that!)
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