Tony's partying like it's 1979

While the rest of the world is spruiking tech-friendly investment opportunities, Tony Abbott is offering up toll roads and pegging Australia’s future on an outdated vision of economic growth.

"In Australia, the government is fine if you stick $10,000 on red at the casino but you can't put $10,000 on a start-up,” BlueChilli's Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin declared last week.

The chief executive of the software development and investment company was speaking at Vivid Sydney's Smart Money conference, which examined the funding problems facing Australian tech start-ups.

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