Tepid reaction to tech spending

Nicola Hazell: Will need to look deeper into the budget papers for inspiration

As the Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered the final flourishes on his election budget speech last night, the pragmatic negativity among delegates at InnovationAus.com’s third Budget Insider event was setting in. That is, save for a few exceptional points of light penetrating the gloom.

This was a community fatigued by disappointment and perhaps even a sense of betrayal. The “Ideas Boom” upon which they once lavished praise and that gave newly-anointed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a visionary’s halo was now looking like a high-water mark.

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