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