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Laurie Patton, CEO Internet Australia Laurie Patton, CEO Internet Australia

Internet Australia has commended NBN’s decision to expand its workforce and wants the company responsible for the National Broadband Network to create jobs for young people living in regional and remote areas.

Internet Australia CEO said: “We particularly encourage them to create jobs for young people, especially those living in regional and remote areas.

“From personal point of view, I'd encourage NBN to include Indigenous Australians in the construction of broadband infrastructure.

"Internet Australia (IA) commends NBN's decision to engage retired telco workers and to create an expanded workforce to help fast track the construction of the National Broadband Network.

“It's not just the construction phase that requires this additional workforce there's also the ongoing maintenance of the system well into the future.”

Patton said Australia needs “ubiquitous, fast broadband if we are to develop a digitally enabled future based around the Internet and the opportunities it provides to support innovation."

Internet Australia recently called for a Digital Future Forum which it said was designed to secure bipartisan political and business support for a strategic plan for an Internet driven economy.

"Australia has a long history of innovation – Wi-Fi, the heart pacemaker, the bionic ear, the black box flight recorder and more. – so there's no reason why we cannot lead the world into the next industrial age.

“However, we can’t do this without a broad strategy that is agreed across the political parties and avoids arbitrary policy changes every time there's a change of government. Innovative companies and the people who create them need to make business plans with confidence that the rules will not keep changing.

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