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Friday, 13 March 2009 10:47

QLD ICT industry jobs 'lifeline', calls for urgent government action on jobs creation

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The ICT industry in Queensland has announced a 100,000 jobs lifeline for Queenslanders, including the creation of 30,000 new jobs on top of maintaining the industry’s existing 70,000 jobs in the state.

The state’s peak industry body, the ICT Industry Workgroup today released what it calls it “100,000 jobs in 100 days” strategy -- but says the jobs lifeline is solely dependent on support from the next Queensland Government.

The group also called for an overhaul of the Queensland Government’s policies in relation to the ICT industry that currently employs 70,000 Queenslanders and has an annual turnover of nearly $30 billion, which it says is more jobs than in mining and agriculture combined.

In Brisbane today to voice their concerns, 100 of Queensland’s ICT industry leaders called for government’s urgent support of their jobs creation strategy and, with the state election campaign in full swing, they called on each of the political parties to urgently release their policies prior to the election to enable the 70,000 people employed by the industry to make an informed decision.

They also called on Premier Anna Bligh and Opposition Leader, Lawrence Springborg, to provide “a clear and unequivocal commitment to the ICT industry’s “100,000 jobs in 100 days” strategy prior to the election.”

The ICT Industry Workgroup executive officer, Dr Paul Campbell, said the ICT industry in Queensland had the potential to “lead the way in job creation in today’s recession,” and, he maintained that the state could have a strategy in place within the first 100 days of the next Queensland Government to provide 100,000 jobs for Queenslanders, which includes the creation of 30,000 new jobs.

“But this strategy needs the support of the next Queensland Government and we’re calling on Premier Bligh and Lawrence Springborg to urgently release their policies relevant to the ICT industry.
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”This includes how each party plans to increase the adoption of ICT to create jobs and transform businesses and how each party plans to support and develop the ICT industry.”

When the government is searching for ways in which to stimulate economic activity they should look to technology first, according to the ICT Industry Workgroup.
 
“To ensure the immediate benefits of a ‘technology first’ approach are extended into the mid and long term, we are proposing a 100 day plan which includes adequate funding and resources to nurture Queensland’s ICT industry and foster its growth and competitiveness nationally and globally,” Dr Campbell added.

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