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From BRW 14/10/14 by Jessica Sier:

Atlassian’s Scott Farquhar on share options and the ‘brain-dead’ things Australia does to start-ups

On the eve of the government announcing a reversal of the current employee share scheme system, leading technology entrepreneur and Atlassian co-founder has warned the current taxing of employee equity is forcing workers overseas.


Thank you Scott for one of the most inspiring presentations I’ve heard for some time. My first question, quickly, is a flippant one to you, and then a more serious one to Paul. How quickly would you see lawyers being replaced …and Paul how quickly can you get a copy of this presentation to your Cabinet colleagues? 


Unfortunately, it’s weird, I think that doctors are going to be replaced before gardeners are, because there’s so much money in getting that particular thing right and then, you know in a medical centre, before it is worthwhile to get your lawn fixed up. By that same value equation maybe lawyers would be down the list with things that we wouldn’t bother eliminating.

I am very pleased to have this opportunity to comment on the JJC Bradfield Lecture by Scott Farquhar.

At the outset, I want to congratulate Scott for an insightful and exceptionally well informed lecture. Scott is in an extraordinary position to speak about the software revolution and Australia’s place in it, and it really showed.

Mobile phone black spots in the Lyne electorate have been put in the spotlight today with the Federal Member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher MP, hosting a community forum in Wauchope.

Mr Fletcher is responsible for implementing the Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme, which will improve mobile coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and in locations prone to experiencing natural disasters, as well as addressing unique mobile coverage problems such as areas with high seasonal demand.

The scale of today’s digital transformation is comparable to the Industrial Revolution – and maximizing the potential of disruptive ICT technologies isn’t just a priority for businesses, but for governments and societies too. In an exclusive opinion piece, Australian MP Paul Fletcher gives an insider’s view on the digital revolution and offers policy makers three clear principles for transformation success.

The Government has released today a database of some 6,000 locations in outer metropolitan, regional and remote Australia, which have been nominated by Australians as having inadequate mobile coverage.

Locations on the database are eligible to be the subject of a proposal for a new or enhanced mobile base station under the Abbott Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme.


Interesting to hear this in national rural news today, and I want you to just imagine if you got mobile phone reception the entire length of the Stuart Highway. Imagine that. It’d be handy. Especially in emergencies. This has all come about, the idea, because the Federal Government has released a list of 6000 locations that are eligible for mobile phone reception. But, and there’s always a ‘but’, only about 250 new towers are expected to be built under this $100 million programme to eliminate mobile phone black spots. Parliamentary Secretary to the Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said it’s now up to the telephone companies to nominate where they want to build these new towers.

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