Updated - Election 2010: The policies so far

Labor, Liberal and Greens reveal their policies on key ICT topics

ICT innovation and industry advocacy

Labor

Labor is yet to introduce a policy specifically around innovation and industry advocacy. However, the current government has introduced new amendments to legislation around research and development which would introduce a tax concession of 45 per cent for externally facing software.

Communications minister, Stephen Conroy’s comments regarding the possible redistribution of IT responsibilities may also hint at a new focus on industry advocacy.

It did, however, set up the Information Technology Industry Innovation Council, part of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research which came out with the Australian technology roadmap in May.

Liberal

The Liberal party is yet to introduce a policy specifically regarding ICT industry advocacy and innovation.

Greens

The Australian Greens’ Science and Technology policy pushes for increased research expenditure, based on past support for legislation around local ICT innovation.

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