May 19, 2020

Voter popularity increases for Australian prime minister

Australia
Wayne Swan
Julia Gillard
politics
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Voter popularity increases for Australian prime minister

Prime Minister Julia Gillard received a pleasant surprise after returning from her trip to soldiers in Afghanistan and the Group of 20 leaders summit in France.

The popularity of her Labor Government increased three percentage points to 32 per cent, according to the latest Newspoll published in The Australian. This is a six percentage-point increase since a record low in September.

Ms. Gillard still lags one point behind Opposition Leader Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister and has slightly lower satisfaction ratings. The Coalition leads 53-47 per cent after preferences.

"We're happy with where we sit; it's a large lead," Opposition frontbencher Sen. George Brandis said.

 

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Despite these numbers, fellow frontbencher Craig Emerson said it was a bit of encouragement for Labor. Abbot’s voter dissatisfaction rating is at a record high of 57 per cent with six out of 10 voters dissatisfied with his performance, and one in three satisfied.

"People are coming to appreciate that Tony Abbott may go down as the best Opposition leader this country has ever seen because he says no, no, no, no, no," Emerson said. "You need more than that if you are going to be a serious candidate."

Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan said this poll appears to reflect the tough decisions the Government has made for the long term. However, opinion polls do not affect it “one way or the other.”

"They don't govern what we do," Swan said in Canberra. "We are going to continue to make the right decisions for the country, irrespective of what the opinion polls say in any particular week."

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Jun 22, 2021

Digital Leader Mobiquity Expands Into Asia-Pacific

Mobiquity
Microsoft
Fintech
APAC
3 min
Mobiquity pursues a vision of global growth with its first APAC hire—Gustavo Quiroga, its new Vice President of Business Development Financial Services

As an international digital consulting firm, Mobiquity helps a global client base upgrade its digital banking and financial services. The company employs 1,200 team members across 50+ nationalities and serves an estimated 200+ million users each day. Recently, the company built out a digital banking experience for the Bank of the Philippines Islands’ online and mobile platforms—exemplifying its mission to help leading brands engage with technology in meaningful ways. 

 

To highlight Mobiquity’s services, here are a few of the company’s recent accomplishments

 

  • Designed and developed the first FDA-approved digital medicine system
  • Launched a five-star mobile ordering app
  • Pioneered a cloud-based IT infrastructure that prevented bank fraud
  • Built the official AWS re:Invent 2017 and 2018 mobile apps 

 

What Makes Mobiquity Stand Out? 

According to Mobiquity, it's the people that make all the difference. ‘We’re born innovators who like meaty challenges’, the company wrote. ‘We go deeper, getting to the root of your customers’ friction and creating personalised engagements that deliver much more than a digital experience alone’. Now, the company has added former Microsoft and IBM director Gustavo Quiroga to its team. 

 

Who Is Gustavo Quiroga? 

At Mobiquity, he’ll be the first Vice President of Business Development Financial Services in APAC. With years of experience in the industry, Quiroga has developed numerous tech, business, and customer experience projects: at Microsoft, he led a top Aussie Azure Data and AI specialist team, and at IBM, he applied AI and deep analytics to transform the company’s business processes, CX, and UX. 

 

Based in Sydney, Australia, Quiroga will start to work with Mobiquity clients in Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines and take responsibility for expanding the company’s regional operations. ‘Our best way to impact client outcomes’, he wrote, ‘is by listening to them with an inquisitive and open mind and empowering our people to do the same’. 

 

When notified of the announcement, Quiroga expressed excitement over his new role. ‘I’m delighted to join Mobiquity and support the company’s rapid expansion across the Asia-Pacific region. I joined Mobiquity to develop, design and implement digital products and services that create meaningful experiences with customers...and I look forward to using my expertise to develop partnerships where we can achieve this every day’. 

 

Where Does Mobiquity Go From Here? 

In the past six months, Mobiquity has hired over 100 new employees, including the high-profile additions of Howard Moore, Senior Director of Banking, and Ruby Walia, Senior Advisor for Digital Banking. This falls in line with the company’s hyper-growth strategy to deliver digital products to the world. 

 

As Matthew Williamson, Mobiquity’s Vice President of Global Financial Services, explained: ‘Our appointment of Gustavo demonstrates [our] commitment to hiring an A-list team of talent. The latest addition to the Mobiquity team supports our vision of global growth in Asia-Pacific, as a recognised partner within the banking and finance ecosystem’.


 

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