It’s a political trope as old as time:
- Pull funding, or destroy something;
- Reinstate or refund a small portion of it;
- Claim political capital for being wonderful!
And I for one am tiring of it. As I am tired in general thesedays, not least due to the politicians claiming to represent us. At least I’m in a safe Labor seat now, the party that’s decent other than agreeing with the Coalition on brutalising refugees. Wow, that went dark fast. I need a kitten picture.
So we come to this report in Lifehacker Australia by Hayley Williams:
As part of promoting the Government’s $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda, Malcolm Turnbull has promised $15 million, if he is re-elected, will go towards the startup sector via his Incubator Support Program. This is a step up from the $8 million originally given, with an eye towards boosting the number of startup accelerators and incubators in Australia, especially those in regional areas.
A solid national broadband network would have done far more for those in regional areas than this empty, token gesture. Our media need to call out people when they do this.
I also hate when blog networks say I look stupid, but Hayley had the best summary.