INNOVATION is essential for economic growth. Throughout history, scientific and technological progress has underpinned the growth of human prosperity. Economists Robert Solow and Ralph Landau, studying US growth from the 1860s to the 1980s, showed it was largely caused by technological change and its implementation, with the addition of capital and labour being a relatively minor factor.
I appeared on Commsday's CrossTalk Podcast with Phil Dobbie - discussing what the Coalition's NBN Policy will be.
You can listen to the Podcast here.
Federal Member for Bradfield Paul Fletcher said today that he was pleased that the Mayor of Pozieres is visiting Bradfield and the Warrior’s Chapel in St John’s Anglican Church, Gordon.
‘The decision by the Labor Prime Minister to hold the next election on Yom Kippur - the holiest and most solemn day in the Jewish calendar - creates significant difficulties for Australians of Jewish faith as they seek to exercise their right to vote’, Member for Bradfield Paul Fletcher said today.
Paul Fletcher, Federal Member for Bradfield said the Coalition will restore certainty in superannuation by ruling out any negative, unforeseen changes to superannuation in the next term.
“The toll on individuals and families of addictive use of the internet has been highlighted in recent days,” said Paul Fetcher MP, Federal Member for Bradfield and Chair of the Coalition Online Safety Working Group.
“The internet game Runnescape has been identified in media reports as creating addictive behaviour by some of its users. One mother has told of her son playing the game on average 16 hours a day – and sometime up to 25 hours at a stretch.”
“After five years of having no policy in relation to protecting children online, it’s good to see the Government follow the Coalition’s lead with its announcement today of an education module for school children and voluntary protocols involving some social media outlets”, Paul Fletcher, Federal Member for Bradfield and Chairman of the Coalition’s Online Safety Working Group said today.
“But today’s announcement, while welcome, does not go far enough.
The Rudd-Gillard government has badly mismanaged fixed broadband policy: after five years and several billion dollars oftaxpayers' money, as at October 2012 fewer than 7000 customers took a fibre service on the national broadband network. It is now taking an equally inept approach with mobile broadband services, with a seriously flawed approach to allocating a big slice of radio frequency spectrum. In 2013 a key piece of spectrum the 700 megahertz (MHz) band is to be allocated by auction.
Over the past 20 years businesses in many different sectors have seen ways to use the internet to serve their customers better.
If you want to book an airline ticket or a hotel, you can do it online – and instantly compare prices across multiple providers. If you are looking for a new house or a new job, the search process is vastly quicker and more informative than in pre-internet days.
This Christmas we will see more electronic devices in the hands of Australian children than ever before.
Countless children across Australia will wake to find all kinds of electronic devices under the Christmas tree: smartphones, electronic tablets, MP3 players, iPad Minis and iPods, and gaming devices like the Playstation Vita, Xbox 360, Wii U and many other electronic devices.