ACS backs call for greater Govt leadership in ICT

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has backed calls for the Australian Government to show greater leadership in developing the information and communication technology (ICT) industry.

Bob Bishop, head of Silicon Graphics, warned at the World Congress on IT in Adelaide that Government action is needed to stop Australia from slipping off the global IT radar screen.

The ACS said Bishop's comments reflect its concerns that the Federal Government needs to take "swift and decisive action" to accelerate the opening up of broadband access, to limit Telstra's control over broadband infrastructure, and to stimulate growth within the venture capital and software development sectors.

ACS national president Richard Hogg said: "We're in accord with Bishop that Government has a critical role to play in driving industry development forward. You cannot rely on private enterprise because shareholders might not be willing to wear the risk associated with long-term infrastructure investments - this is clearly a role for Government to build up the country's broadband capacity."

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