blog Those of you who’ve been following Delimiter over the past several days might have noticed that I’ve gotten a little bit on my high horse over the issue of industry subsidies. I was a little shocked by the massive national ruckus created by the request by fruit processor SPC Ardmona for millions of dollars worth of government assistance for its plant in Shepparton, Victoria, when larger issues in the nation’s technology sector are almost completely ignored. Today I’ve published a further view on the issue on the ABC’s The Drum site, arguing that it’s because the IT industry just isn’t sexy enough. A sample paragraph:
“If you’re a struggling company seeking financial aid from the Federal Government, you had better be making or growing some kind of visible, touchable product: something that will look good on TV as a backdrop to a political announcement … If you don’t have this kind of product, then not only will your proposal not be seriously considered by the politicians in your sector – because there’s no photo opportunity – but worse, it won’t even be covered by the mainstream media.”
The article has generated a huge stream of comments. Quite a few people agree with me, quite a few people disagree with me, and quite a few people mostly appear interested in pushing an unrelated barrow. But then that’s the Internet. We rarely seem to agree on anything, but the debate is generally interesting anyway ;) I encourage you to join the general ruckus and represent the views of Australian technologists.
Image credit: Still from Gladiator