Budget 2017: The Tech, Science & NBN News You Need To Know

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The 2017 Federal Budget is here. If you're a tech-head — if you care about the NBN, if you're interested in science and technology innovation — here's everything you need to know.

This article was originally published on May 9 at 7:30PM.

Government Spends $16 Million On Free Driving Lessons

Teaching your kid to drive any time soon? Thinking of getting your own licence? Well, you're in luck. the Federal Government has $16 million worth of free driving lessons for you.

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Hipster Highs And Lows In The 2017 Budget ???

The 2017 Budget was announced tonight, and it's pretty clear to us clear who the Australian Government is targeting. I mean, just look at this.

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South Australia Gets $110 Million For Solar Thermal Energy In The 2017 Budget

In the 2017-18 Federal Government, the government is making $110 million of its $1.6 billion of spending available to kickstart private investment in a solar thermal plant in Port Augusta in South Australia.

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2017 Budget: $5.9 Million For Apps To Help Indigenous Kids With Education

As a part of the Federal Government's "Closing the Gap" program, $5.9 million has been allocated for a trial using apps to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

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Small Business Wins In Budget 2017 With $20,000 Instant Asset Write-Offs

If you're a small business owner, the 2017 Federal Budget has one very useful inclusion for you. the continuation of a $20,000 instant asset write-off for equipment expenses.

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Wait, Is The Australian Government Spending $700k On Changing The Fire Danger Rating System?

In the 2017 Federal Budget, handed down this evening, there is $0.7 million allocated over a two year period to create a National Fire Danger Rating System.

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NBN And Mobile Black Spots: What's In the 2017 Budget For Regional Australia

High–speed broadband "at affordable prices" and the continuation of the Mobile Black Spot Program are some of the plans for rural and regional Australia revealed in the 2017 Federal Budget, announced by Treasurer Scott Morrison tonight.

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The Australian Government Will Drug Test Welfare Recipients

The 2017-18 budget will save the government $632 million in welfare payments, in part thanks to tough new rules that will target and penalise Centrelink recipients that are affected by drugs and alcohol.

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From 2017, Bitcoin And Other Digital Currency Will No Longer Be Taxed Twice In Australia

As part of its push to foster innovation and fintech startup businesses in Australia, the government's 2017 Federal Budget will cut the GST for purchases of digital currency, allowing Bitcoin to be treated just like plain Australian dollars.

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Budget 2017: South Australia Is Getting $37 Million For Energy Infrastructure

In tonight's Federal budget announcement, Treasurer Scott Morrison announced $37 million would be allocated for "energy infrastructure" in South Australia.

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Budget 2017 Includes A $10 Billion Program To Fix Australia's Rail Network

The 2017-18 Federal Budget just unveiled in Australia's parliament includes a huge splash of cash to improve the quality of rail throughout Australia, pushing for standardisation and new projects in urban and regional areas, and to upgrade existing freight rail throughout the country — including an inland link between Brisbane and Melbourne.

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The Federal Government Announces Plans To Expand The Snowy Hydro Even Further

In tonight's 2017 Federal budget speech, Treasurer Scott Morrison announced the government's intention to expand on plans already revealed regarding the Snowy Hydro Scheme.

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Here's The Full 2017 Australian Federal Budget Speech

The 2017-2018 Australian Government Budget was handed down tonight, and you can watch it here right now - or read it here. Here's every word of Scott Morrison's speech.

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How To Watch The 2017 Federal Budget (It's Tonight By The Way)

Tonight's the night. at 7.30PM (AEST), the Treasurer will hand down the 2017-18 Federal Budget in Australia's parliament. Here's how you can keep track of all the big ticket announcements as they're released — including the ones that actually matter to you.

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