AIIA VIC Industry Sync – Technology, the Law, and the Role of Government
In his address to the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the Victorian Leader of the Opposition, John Pesutto MP, will discuss ‘Technology, the Law, and the Role of Government’.
As technology continues to rapidly evolve, it is critical that industry and government leaders work together to ensure technology can be safely and effectively implemented across various sectors to maximise the benefit to industry, the public, and society.
John’s address will touch on the growing reliance of technology across sectors and how technology can be an effective tool to improve productivity and utility, whilst acknowledging the challenges posed, and the role of the law and governments in addressing these problems.
With a focus specifically on the delivery of government services, John will highlight where governments have implemented technological initiatives successfully, and conversely, where such initiatives have faced hurdles. He will discuss why this may be the case and the scope for future innovation.
He will also explore the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and what this means for the law and governments. In particular, he will discuss the need for an appropriate regulatory framework for emerging and existing technologies, to ensure the benefits of technology can be maximised and the drawbacks reduced.
Ultimately, John will discuss how the Victorian Liberals and Nationals are looking at formulating key policies in the technology space before the 2026 election.
John Pesutto MP
Leader of the Victorian Opposition
Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Member for Hawthorn
Parliament of Victoria
John Pesutto is the Liberal Leader of the Victorian Opposition, the Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, and the Member for Hawthorn. John has an extensive record of service in government, public policy and in the Hawthorn community. Most recently, prior to re-entering Parliament, John operated his own consultancy advising government departments and public sector agencies on governance, integrity, and performance issues. He was also Senior Fellow at Melbourne University’s School of Government and regularly appeared on TV, radio and was a fortnightly columnist for The Age.
From 2014 to 2018, John was Victoria’s Shadow Attorney General and the Member for Hawthorn in the Victorian Parliament. Prior to elective politics, John worked as Counsel to Premier Denis Napthine, Chief of Staff to the Health Minister and as a Senior Advisor to Premier Ted Baillieu. As a lawyer (graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1994 with Commerce and Law degrees), John spent many years in private legal practice with a focus on industrial relations and employment matters. John, his wife Betty and their three daughters have been part of the Hawthorn community for over 20 years.
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