Think Talk Drink: a national innovation agenda for Australia

| September 27, 2011

It seems everyone knows about Australia’s ‘two-speed economy’, our national reliance on commodity exports, and the problems in manufacturing and tourism arising from the strong Aussie dollar.

But is our economic future limited to being China’s quarry?  Or is there another, smarter alternative?

Former Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett will address these questions in a special Talk, Think, Drink event hosted by the Centre for Policy Development and Essential Media Communications at Trades Hall, 377 Sussex Street, Sydney, on Tuesday 25 October from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Does Australia need a national innovation agenda to drive prosperity in other areas of the national economy? Where are the new opportunities, and what role will 21st century infrastructure such as the National Broadband Network play in generating our future wealth?

David Bartlett came to national attention as Australia’s first ‘Generation X’ Premier, and the first Premier with a background in IT and innovation policy. 

Under his leadership, Tasmania embraced innovation and technology as the key to its economic future, and commenced the politically difficult transition away from its reliance on traditional industries such as mining and forestry.

Tasmania embraced the concept of the NBN – becoming the first jurisdiction to roll-out NBN infrastructure and to trial the new network.

Entrance is free, and drinks and nibbles will be provided on the night.

RSVP here to secure your spot at this special one-off event.