Paul Fletcher MP

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How seriously should we take the complaint of an official of a trade union under investigation by a royal commission that the royal commission was "clearly a political device" with unfair procedures so that "hearsay evidence of the most flimsy nature has been presented to the public as fact"?

The outcomes of the Abbott government's mobile black spot program, announced recently, were well ahead of expectations.

On a recent visit to Shanghai to attend Mobile World Congress I was — like every Australian visitor to China — struck first by the sheer scale of the place.

One of the hottest areas for new tech businesses at the moment is fintech — using technology to ­deliver financial services in different and disruptive ways to meet the needs of customers better.

In his budget reply speech recently Bill Shorten announced his plan for a $500 million Smart Investment Fund – citing the spectacular growth of Seek.com, which he said drew on Australian government investment.

In any country with a successful technology sector, the role of start-up companies is critical. Australia has its own start-up success stories. Atlassian was founded by Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes in 2001; today it employs more than 1000 people, more than half of them in Sydney.

For many years one of the iconic Australian images has been children on remote properties doing their schooling over two-way radio.

If we want to build a strong technology sector in Australia, we need a strong start-up culture.

As the world marks ‘Safer Internet Day’ this week under the banner of ‘Let's create a better internet together’, the Abbott Government is preparing to debate the ‘Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill’ in Parliament.

The case for this legislation is strong.

One in five young Australians aged 8 to 17 has experienced cyberbullying, according to research from a consortium led by UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre.

At over 60 community meetings in 38 regional and remote electorates around Australia in the past 15 months, I have heard a very clear message: people living in these areas want better mobile coverage.

From Mareeba in far north Queensland to Elliston on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia; from Manjimup in south-west Western Australia to Bega in southern NSW; from Gunns Plains in Tasmania to the Wartook Valley in western Victoria, people have explained to me why this is so important.

Authorised by Paul Fletcher MP, Level 2, 280 Pacific Highway Lindfield NSW 2070.

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