The recent US presidential election result means that Australia’s strongest ally will remain at the forefront of attention for some time yet.

In terms of economic implications, there is genuine uncertainty as to what, and how, President-elect Trump’s will deliver from his policy platform over time.

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In terms of implications of Trump’s election for Australia, a lot of attention is on the trade front

The Social Progress Imperative has launched the 2016 Social Progress Index with support from Deloitte and its strategic partners.

As a nation, we Australians are a competitive people. The Olympic fever that gripped us in August, the excitement around  the September grand finals in AFL and NRL, the now-annual despondency over our Bledisloe Cup defeats in rugby, remind us that we like to come first; we value the sportspeople who can deliver wins for Australia.

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“If we can come together to truly collaborate, I believe Australia could take the lead on solving issues that have been problems for generations.”

On 13 November 2015, the Treasurer, The Hon Scott Morrison MP, announced that Australia and Germany had signed a “new 21st Century tax treaty, which will reduce tax impediments to increased bilateral trade and investment and improve the integrity of the tax system”.

Whilst the treaty is not yet in force, as of October 2016, the ratification process is moving swiftly in both Germany and Australia. The treaty replaces one of Australia’s oldest treaties, signed in 1972.

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New tax treaty will have a wide ranging impact on business, particularly on multinationals.

Can the recent DDoS attack in the US help Australia learn to be a smarter cyber nation?

On Friday 21 October, while most of us in Australia were sleeping, socialising or browsing on our smart phones at the end of the working week, the US was waking up to a huge Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on a company called Dyn, generating headlines around the world.

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Can the recent DDoS attack in the US help Australia learn to be a smarter cyber nation?

Despite the significant financial costs associated with transitioning to an innovation culture – one of the key trends identified through our 2015 Technology Fast 50 program and a continuing challenge for business – 2016 saw a post-election legislated 1.5% reduction in the rate of the R&D tax incentive as part of the government’s cost saving measures.

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As we near the finale of the 2016 Deloitte Tech Fast 50 competition, and the close of 2016, it is timely to consider what further tax developments we can expect in 2017 which will affect innovative rapid growth tech companies.

Painful. Frustrating. Complicated. Just a few of the words used to describe government digital procurement by buyers and sellers of public sector services. As governments around the world digitally transform their services, the way in which they procure those services (people and commodities) is innovatively being reinvented.

Delivering on Digital: The Innovations and Technologies that are Transforming Government, the latest book from Deloitte’s William D. Eggers and Deloitte University Press, provides the handbook for how to achieve successful digital transformation in government.

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As governments around the world digitally transform their services, the way in which they procure those services is innovatively being reinvented.

There is growing concern in Australia that we are not doing enough to develop and retain our STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) talent.

Seamus Thomson, a 24 year old PhD student in biomedical engineering at the University of Sydney, thinks more must happen to incentivise our best and brightest STEM students to grow their careers in Australia.

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More must happen to incentivise our best and brightest STEM students to grow their careers in Australia.

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) yesterday released its Information Paper on Risk Culture (the Paper).

The Paper has been launched against a backdrop of intense international focus on the culture of financial institutions and marks the beginning of a new formal work program for Australian institutions.

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APRA calls for a deeper analysis and understanding of risk culture across the entire financial sector.

There is a curious phenomenon in IQ tests.  Every test is designed to have an average score across the population of 100 but for any given test the average result rises by 3% every decade. 

This is called the Flynn effect after James Flynn who was central to the observation and documentation of the pattern.

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IQ test scores improve by 3% every decade, what does this mean for business?

Noise cancelling headphones remove ambient sound, allowing the wearer to ignore distractions and indulge in an optimised listening experience.

In our digital society, we are constantly filtering noise to find the most important and relevant music/friend/cafe/meeting or other information.

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‘The public sector will do well to put on the headphones and focus on the most important, most useful or ‘highest value’ data.’