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Internet Australia applauds Innovation Statement, sends warning

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Yet more applause for Malcolm Turnbull’s Innovation Statement, this time from Australia’s peak Internet body, Internet Australia and its CEO, Laurie Patton.

The applause for the Australia Government’s Innovation Statement (covered here at iTWire) is growing louder, with everyone heaping praise upon the PM for his innovative vision and splendidness - but there comes a warning.

Internet Australia CEO, Laurie Patton said: “In his short time as our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has provided much needed encouragement to those of us who believe Australia can truly become a great innovation nation.

“Today’s Innovation Statement provides a comprehensive framework that will help our entrepreneurs now and in the future become world class. It confirms at the highest level of government the need for Australia to embrace an Internet driven digital future”.

However, there comes a warning against allowing innovation to become a ‘politician's toy’ in the run up to the federal elections.

More below, please read on!

Patton continued: ”No one has a mortgage on ideas in this area. It's not just about deciding what we need to do, it's about deciding to do it together, collaboratively, and with an agreed national agenda".

"Australia has the potential to lead the world into the digitally enabled global economy of the future but we need a bipartisan strategic approach if we are to become a serious player.

"The reason why countries like Israel and Singapore have become technology hubs is because they long ago set out to do this with bipartisan political support and genuine partnership with the private sector, the education sector and civil society groups,” concluded Patton.

Internet Australia says it has called for a ‘Digital Future Forum,’ bringing together the government and the opposition with organisations representing the perspectives of everyone whose contribution is needed to realise our potential as an innovation nation.

More information here.

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