Uni’s work is ‘crit­i­cal’ to our hi-tech fu­ture, says Turn­bull

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ian Pater­son

PRIME Min­is­ter Malcolm Turn­bull met some of the big­gest play­ers in the tech­nol­ogy industry last Fri­day.

Mr Turn­bull was ac­com­pa­nied by In­no­va­tion and Sci­ence Min­is­ter Christo­pher Pyne and Lind­say fed­eral Lib­eral MP Fiona Scott at the Wer­ring­ton Park Cor­po­rate Cen­tre.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from CSIRO, Google, Seek, West­pac and Uni­ver­si­ties Aus­tralia shared ideas on how Aus­tralia can make the tran­si­tion to a tech­nol­ogy-based econ­omy ahead of a new pol­icy an­nounce­ment on in­no­va­tion and sci­ence this year.

“The work go­ing on here at the Western Syd­ney Univer­sity, here at the WSU Launch Pad, is crit­i­cal to the fu­ture of western Syd­ney, but also the fu­ture of the na­tion,” Mr Turn­bull said.

“If we are to re­main, as we must, a high-wage, gen­er­ous so­cial wel­fare-net econ­omy … then we have to be more com­pet­i­tive, pro­duc­tive, in­no­va­tive – more tech­no­log­i­cally so­phis­ti­cated.

“That is why it is so ex­cit­ing to be an Aus­tralian to­day. The op­por­tu­ni­ties, whether they are given by tech­nolo­gies or from a grow­ing global econ­omy, are all there.”

Mr Pyne said some of the coun­try’s best minds were gath­ered to help the econ­omy evolve from its re­liance on agri­cul­ture, min­ing and manufacturing.

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