The government is pushing for a $7.10 levy to be implemented on the ISPs that deliver Australia's superfast fixed-line broadband, to help pay for the wireless and satellite portions of the National Broadband Network. That
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In what feels like rare good news from Washington, on this week Congress struck a deal to boost funding to the National Institutes of Health by $US2 billion ($2.7 billion) over the next five months, effectively rejecting President Trump's plan to slash the agency's budget for the current fiscal year.
While the Trump Administration's plan for massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency has caused a veritable panic, much less discussed has been the proposal to slash the budget of the National Institutes of Health.
Maybe you're still mourning Brazil's catastrophic loss to Germany, but the rest of the world has moved on — to discussing the impact of the next series, which will take place in 11 Russian cities in 2018. And according to their reports, it's going to be very, very expensive. Like $US11,500 per seat expensive.
The 2014 Federal Budget was harsh on plenty of Australians, but science took an especially rough beating. Beyond new funding for medical research, Aussie scientists have had $150 million cut from their bottom lines, and $115 million is being stripped from CSIRO. Workers from the country's peak science research organisation are protesting the cuts, holding meetings to express their displeasure.
The Australian Sex Party's crowd-funding for its 2014 Federal Budget response video raised $16,500, with over 150 donors. It takes aim at retirement pension age raises, the $7 Medicare copayment, handouts for school chaplains and the rising price of university places, but its most concise and most cutting target is the Liberal Party's scaled-back NBN.
Cheap smartphones — we mean really cheap, off-contract smartphones — are terrible. They're tormented by horrid, pixilated screens, they're slower than your grandma, and they feel like they're held together by Scotch tape. The $249 Moto G is none of those things. It definitely has significant shortcomings, but put simply, you can't get a better cheap phone.
One of the perpetual arguments against the National Broadband Network (NBN) is that it's too expensive, and that the money could be better spent on roads. Following a less than stellar performance at the 2012 London Olympic Games, similar claims of waste are now being thrown at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). We thought we'd compare the two projects and see what costs more: Australia's elite athlete training programs or the National Broadband Network?