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Tuesday, 16 June 2009 16:13

ACS brings Tassie premier on board as patron

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The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has appointed Tasmanian Premier, David Bartlett, as its patron, acknowledging his “generous support” to the ACS and the ICT industry generally.

{loadposition peterACS chairman, Kumar Parakala, said the Bartlett had accepted the role of ACS patron at an event held in parliament house in Hobart today, and that the ACS was grateful that the Premier, by offering his services, had “acknowledged the significance of ICT to economic prosperity of Tasmania and the nation.”

“As the first state in Australia to commence the implementation of a fibre-to-the-premise broadband network, Tasmania will have a considerable impact on the success of Australia’s digital economy and set a blueprint for the rest of the nation.

“To leverage the infrastructure and build a flourishing digital economy continued communication amongst the state’s ICT professionals is necessary.”

The chairman of the ACS Tasmanian Board, Steven Cambridge, said that the Tasmanian Government support of the small business tax concessions would positively impact productivity, skills development and innovation gains within the predominately SME market.

Tasmania is definitely in a leadership position when it comes to demonstrating the economic benefits of ICT.”

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Premier Bartlett responded said he was honoured to be associated with the ACS, particularly at a time where “ICT has the potential to become Australia’s new economic engine room.”

According to Bartlett, the impact of the ICT sector on the economy and general well-being in the community has never been more profound, and, he added “the implementation of the NBN is the start of a new digital economy revolution.”

“I look forward to working with the ACS and ICT professionals in the State to maximise the opportunities that will arise from the NBN and to position Tasmania at the forefront of ICT innovation and development.”

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