Opposition leader John Howard romped to power with a five per cent swing and a comfortable majority. But at the end of 1997, Mr Howard was looking increasingly like a one-term prime minister. Between July and September, four ministers quit over various breaches of the ministerial code of conduct and travel claims irregularities. Polls were placing Labor well in front. The coalition government had responded effectively to an early term challenge, the Port Arthur massacre, overseeing the introduction of national gun laws over the vocal objections of a good part of its own constituency. Yet gun law changes didn’t win the government many new votes, while many conservatives took their vote to the new One Nation party. The government’s first budget in August 1996 featured unpopular cost-cutting measures to repair the deficit inherited from Labor. By the end of 1997, the government was also heading towards a showdown with unions over waterfront reform. In answer to criticism that … [Read more...] about Cabinet papers from early Howard years reveal concerns with gun control, Hanson, Labor debt
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By Jayadipta Chatterji Mehta A strong tech startup story and IT prowess give India an edge over others in artificial intelligence (AI) adoption. In the second part of our series on AI, members of The Economic Times India Leadership Council, ETILC’s core group on technology weigh in on India’s advantages as a market leader in IT services. “We believe India has a major advantage over other countries due to its vibrant tech-related startup ecosystem, strong IT services, and an offshoring industry, to harness the power of AI,” they say. The members include Kaushal Sarda, CEO, Kuliza Technologies; Dilipkumar Khandelwal, MD, executive VP, SAP Labs India; Anil Valluri, CEO, India and SAARC, NetApp; AS Rajgopal, MD, NextGen; Piyush Sinha, deputy MD, NEC Technologies; Anuj Gupta, CEO, Hitachi Systems Micro Clinic, and Vikas Gupta, CEO and CTO, GreyMatter Software Services. For artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to run on big data, Indian companies … [Read more...] about ‘IT services & tech startups help put India on the AI path’
India was not only among the worst affected in the G20 countries due to climate change, but also in the best position in the grouping to achieve emission-cut targets aimed to minimize its impact by the turn of the century, says the latest yearly report measuring the climate action taken by the group. G20, as a whole, had seen 16,000 deaths and economic losses of USD 142 billion every year on an average in the last 20 years, says ‘Brown To Green’ --the study by Climate Transparency (CT). CT is a global consortium that puts together climate information on G20 countries. India was clubbed with Russia, France, Italy and Germany among the top 5 for average climate related annual deaths at 3,661 and closeted with US,China, Australia and Mexico for paying the highest average yearly cost at $ 12.82 billion. The study provides a huge incentive for G20 nations for cutting down their Nationally Determined … [Read more...] about India worst affected by climate change among G20 says report
By Debjani Ghosh Can the Indian software product sector move from a 10% growth to a 10x exponential growth? In recent times, we have seen successful executions of the 10x mindset in India. Transactions using India’s own domestic payments platform UPI hit a landmark of one billion in October, three years after its launch, with over 100 million users, making it the fastest adoption of any payments system globally. Its popularity can be attributed to its simple, safe, hassle-free system. Most conversations about the technology industry in India are centred on the behemoth-sized tech services or the accelerating e-commerce/ fintech sectors. The product story is somewhere in between — we want to be a product nation, build IP and create the multiplier impact that products can enable. But how do we bring this story mainstage? India has a growing number of product unicorns — Freshworks, Icertis, Druva. Leaders like Zoho have built global product businesses from India. … [Read more...] about Can IT products see 10x growth?
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