Australian companies are developing world-class software and have the opportunity to become a leading provider of software worldwide, according to former prime minister Bob Hawke.
Speaking before 300 business executives at the recent Technology One User Conference on the Gold Coast, Hawke presented the audience with an optimistic keynote address about the future role Australia will play in the world of information technology.
"We are fortunate that we have the right mix of resources to make us a world leader in IT," he said.
"As well as having one of the best democracies in the world, which encourages free thinking, we have an entrepreneurial-based system which rewards performance. We also have a well-educated and highly creative workforce and our leading IT companies operate with small development teams which leads to the production of better-quality, leading-edge technology."
Hawke emphasised that local companies, such as Technology One, lead the competitive charge into the international software field by producing top-quality software, but also said the government needs to continue with the "clever country" policy in order to release Australia's full IT potential.