[Linux-aus] Political Recognition for Technology in Australia - was Re: Seeking feedback - EFA Citizens Not Suspects campaign

David Lyon david.lyon at hackerpads.com
Thu Jun 27 10:23:45 EST 2013

On 25.06.2013 19:46, Daniel Black wrote:

> Its more that technology isn't a single issue compared to gay rights 
> or
> farmers rights.

Sure. It's definitely a whole group of issues.

>> Now things have regressed and technology people have less rights to
>> speak (in the political sense)
>> than Farmers or the Gay movement.
> in what way?

Technology is part of (or is in high-tech economies) manufacturing 
capability of the country. In Japan or Germany or the USA, it's very 
central to how
their economies work.

We saw Wayne Swann brush away Startup valuation Share Allocation 
workings and that has had a crushing effect in the Startup Scene. We saw 
unreasonable Tariff reductions on the Automotive sector smash up that 

If you catch a spot of TV in Japan or Germany you'll quickly see how 
focused it is on making technology (and therefore advancing humanity).

Yes, the Government lavishes itself with multi-billion $ NBN that works 
out per household to hundreds-of-thousands of dollars per install (if 
not more).

If somebody can point out the good sense that drives Technology 
policies in Australia, I'd love to see it.


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