The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has released its policy expectations for political parties in the upcoming 2007 federal election.
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Sheryle Moon, AIIA CEO, said that the association has identified four key themes most likely to deliver benefits to the information and communication technology (ICT) industry and the broader economy: sustainable environment, industry sector growth, the workforce and the shaping of the business environment.
The AIIA has outlined several initiatives to address these issues, including:
Government should offer incentives to companies developing ICT solutions with a net environmental benefit.
Government to play a significant role in the development and implementation of a national ICT careers attraction campaign.
Government should support the development of a national framework for industry collaboration, encouraging ICT companies to form alliances as a means of increasing international competitive advantage to promote company growth.
Political parties' responses to these issues will be evaluated and the findings released during the last two weeks of the election campaign.
"We want ICT to be an important factor when political parties are formulating their election policies - and we are determined to work hard over the next six months to facilitate this," said Moon.