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Defence tech

In these pensive days, where a backpacker on a bus could pose more of a threat than a cave-dwelling Taliban, Governments and corporations are hungry for technology that will help secure their people and resources. It has fed a boom in the defence tech sector; a world of cutting-edge machinery and multi-million dollar contracts, and home to some of the world's keenest strategic and technical minds. Several Australian companies are emerging as genuine players in this highly competitive space. Liz Heynes and Catherine Kerstjens take a look at six on this new front line.

Swan urges businesses denied credit to come forward

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has warned the big four banks that they have an obligation to extend credit to viable Australian businesses.

Credit unions & building societies establish Bushfire Relief Fund

Everyone has been moved in some way by the natural disaster that continues to ravage country Victoria. In response to the emergency, Australia's credit unions...

Survey: Executive expectations reveal no silver lining

It certainly isn't new news anymore that these are trying economic times, but that hasn't discouraged the large business analysis firms from gauging, on...

Vodafone-Hutchison merger is good news for competition

Yesterday's announcement that Vodafone and 3 will merge in Australia bodes well for the industry, according to telecommunications analyst, Paul Budde. Sometimes it makes...

Google Australia adds recent imagery to Victoria Fires Map

Google has just added recent imagery to its interactive map of Victoria, which contains updates on the status and locations of bushfires based on...

Just how distressed is the US economy? Let’s go to the graph…

There are a lot of figures being bandied about to describe current global economic woes. But sometimes, a simple graph is all that is required to get the message across. Consider Exhibit A (below): A chart comparing job losses in the current US recession to job losses in recent recessions. Not pretty.

Aussies planning to go cheap this Valentine’s Day

This probably comes as no surprise, but lovers, dreamers and schemers across the nation are expected to go cheap this Valentine's Day (which is tomorrow, gentlemen... eh-herm).

New web service matches bushfire victims to temporary housing

Creative agency Sputnik has created Bushfire Housing, a free web service that enables people to post and find offers of temporary accommodation for Victorians who are now homeless. It's an incredibly useful service as it provides needed relief right now in a way that money can not. If you live in Victoria and have spare room at your place, consider offering it as a temporary billet.

EXCLUSIVE: Spellr.us, the digital spell-checker, comes out of beta, offers pricing plans

News just in that Spellr.us, the website spell-checking service created by Sydney-based digital media company Melon Media, cast aside its beta training wheels this afternoon and launched to the public.

Newcastle wins $20 million Clean Energy Innovation Centre

The Federal Government yesterday announced that a new $20 million Clean Energy Innovation Centre (CEIC) will be headquartered in Newcastle.

Victorian Government launches online Business Loan Finder

The Victorian Government has launched a free online service to help Australian SMEs navigate the maze of business loans on offer.

Global executives reveal Top 10 dos and don’ts of downsizing

Layoffs are never pleasant, but they can be done well and they can be done poorly. To explore this and other leadership questions further, a recent survey asked hundreds of global corporate executives and talent management leaders for their opinions on the most effective ways to manage staff during an economic downturn.

With superannuation savings slashed, boomers postpone retirement

Global research group TNS has released research indicating that 44 percent of Baby Boomers plan to postpone their retirement in light of the global economic crisis.

Raise your glass to Veuve Clicquot’s 2009 Business Woman Award Winner

It was time to pop the corks on bottles of bubbly this week when Mandy Foley-Quin, CEO of Stedmans Hospitality, was named Australian winner of the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2009.

Google releases the gBall… eh herm

Gotta love Google. It's not enough that they have a kick-arse global business. They have a wicked sense of humour, too. In October last year, Google...

Australia’s vanishing clean coal opportunity

If we are to defend and improve our competitive standing as a first-tier global economy, Australia needs to invest heavily in the development of...

Stimulus goes viral

Stimulus is in the air, and not just in the form of optimistic government handouts.

Australian Angel Investors co-found World Business Angels Association

It wasn't so long ago that Angel investing in Australia was considered to be disorganised and largely anonymous. Last week, the Australian Angel investor movement...

Are these the first signs of The Great Recovery?

So how did 'The Great Recession' on Monday become "The Great Recovery' by Friday? Well it didn't, but in between the beginning and end of the week, we did have a remarkable run of good data to boost our spirits (such evidence is now better known as 'green shoots' after US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke used the term to describe a positive run of data showing signs of a possible recovery).

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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