‘When are we go­ing to click?’

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - KEELY McDONOUGH

FOR­MER prime min­is­ter Paul Keat­ing has is­sued a grim warn­ing that Aus­tralia is run­ning the risk of los­ing lu­cra­tive deals from China and fail­ing to cap­i­talise on the global dig­i­tal age.

The for­mer trea­surer de­liv­ered a pow­er­ful at­tack on pol­i­cy­mak­ers dur­ing a speech last night at the Com­mit­tee for the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment of Aus­tralia an­nual din­ner ad­dress last night where he crit­i­cised mod­ern politi­cians for lack­ing imag­i­na­tion and re­fus­ing to re­form out­dated dig­i­tal poli­cies.

He called for a “a new golden age” of re­form sim­i­lar to the over­hauls cre­ated in the ’80s and ’90s and urged pol­icy mak­ers to strengthen bonds with Asia.

“Changes on a can­vas of this kind are not go­ing to drop from any depart­ment. You will not find them fall­ing from a Trea­sury printer. Be­cause of their essence, they re­quire imag­i­na­tion, the prin­ci­pal tool that was em­ployed in un­der­writ­ing the ’80s and ’90s changes,” he said. “Dig­i­tal busi­ness mod­els are re­shap­ing en­tire in­dus­tries. Which the tech­nol­ogy fa­cil­i­tates to make it faster and at lower prices.”

The for­mer La­bor leader said lead­ers needed to think for­ward to bring Aus­tralians fully into the dig­i­tal age.

Mr Keat­ing.

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