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July 12, 2020

Aussie SMEs must urgently smarten up cyber security

By Peter Maynard >>

HUNDREDS of thousands of Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are at serious risk from cyber-attack, not only to themselves but also to others they deal with.

SMEs are increasingly becoming the target of choice for ‘bad actors’ and nation states looking for easy entry points to attack governments, critical infrastructure and…

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    COVID-19’s immediate impact on domestic tourist movements across Australia will extend to sweeping long-term changes in tourist behaviour, according to a new survey assessing the future of domestic tourism in Australia.

    Researchers at Flinders University have found that people are flagging future changes to their activity…

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    Australia’s Cyber Strategy urgently needs people to make it work

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    MACQUARIE GOVERNMENT, part of ASX-listed Macquarie Telecom Group, has called on the Federal Government to act on its new cyber strategy immediately “with the sector key to employing people in Australia when we need it most”.

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Australia needs leadership now, not rulership

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Time to pay on time and time to pay say accountants

THE Payment Times Reporting Bill 2020 and Payment Times Reporting (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020, which are now before Parliament, will go a…


July 23, 2020

IPA backs Ombudsman's Insolvency Inquiry Report

THE INSTITUTE of Public Accountants (IPA) has welcomed the Insolvency Inquiry Report released by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise…

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ACS welcomes Federal Government’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy

ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, has welcomed the release of the Federal Government’s 2020 Cyber Security…

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Quota suspension could spell curtains for film and TV small…

THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell said thousands of small businesses in the screen production industry could…

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Fit for nothing as COVID-19 takes its toll

THE ECONOMIC and social impact of COVID-19 related closures have been felt hard by the fitness industry, right across Australia.

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July 11, 2020

Facebook group helps SMEs thrive through COVID-19

By Leon Gettler >>

WHEN RACHEL CALLAN from Flamanko Social Media and Katie Martel from Croft PR took a hit from COVID-19, they launched a ‘Thriving’…

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Don’t fear the robots: Flinders Uni helps future workers…

FOR WORKERS of the future to thrive with robots and artificial intelligence, they will need to learn innovation through…

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COVID-19 hits Queensland farmers' confidence

THE COVID-19 pandemic has probably derailed the heady optimism Queensland farmers enjoyed early in the year, with the latest quarterly Rabobank Rural…

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August 04, 2020

Short-term COVID-19 cloud fixes may pose long-term headaches for universities

By Lee Thompson >> AS AUSTRALIAN educational institutions rushed to adjust to the new norm of virtual classrooms, remote collaboration, and an…


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New technologies, methods to combat wildlife trafficking

Simin Maleknia is one of Australia’s foremost experts on utilising odour detection methods and technologies to seek out criminal wildlife trafficking – and she can use those same technologies to…

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THERE IS SOMETHING magnificent about a finely crafted roadside sign … and Indian Hills Community Center in Colorado, USA, may well be the world pace…

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