Why Australia is losing the digital race

The Gillard government's ambitious goal to make Australia a “leading digital economy by 2020” requires a fundamental rethink in our approach to hi-tech industries and innovation. But is it too late to turn the ship around?

At the beginning of this century, Melbourne hosted a meeting of the World Economic Forum. Among the luminaries visiting was Microsoft founder Bill Gates who laid out his vision for governments in the digital economy.

“The Government itself needs to become a model user of information technology," Gates said at the time.

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