Labor’s Tech Procurement Policy: How will Buy Australian affect you?
On Saturday 9th October 2021, Leader of The Opposition gave a speech where he announced Labor’s Future Made in Australia policy with a 10 point Buy Australian Plan including a Buy Australian Act which will:
- Maximisethe benefit of Government purchases will be the law of the land;
- Establish a Future Made in Australia office within the Department of Finance to drive a whole of Government approachincluding tech procurement;
- The Finance Minister and Minister for Industry will lead a Cabinet sub-committee on procurement; and
- Provide opportunities for mid and small tier Australian companies to participate in the infrastructure pipeline helping to build and strengthen our sovereign capability.
To hear more about these policies and their impact on your business, the AIIA is hosting Shadow Minister for Industry and Innovation, Hon Ed Husic MP where he will provide an overview of the Labor procurement policy changes and then be available to take questions.
The Hon Ed Husic, MP
Shadow Minister for Industry & Innovation
The Member for Chifley ALP
Ed was elected the Federal Member for Chifley in 2010 and was re-elected for his fourth term at the 2019 Federal Election.
Raised in western Sydney he attended local primary and secondary public schools and was among the first waves of students to graduate from Western Sydney University.
He believes strongly in the power of bringing people together from across community to improve the quality of life for all.
That’s why he’s championed and worked for improved healthcare, broadband, infrastructure, education and community services for his area.
Ed has a strong interest in Australian tech and digital endeavour and been vocal about the need for our country to think ahead about the impact of technology on jobs and communities – to help prepare and get the most out the changes ahead.
For example, he has joined with business and community organisations to set up tech hubs to help 4,000 local public school students become familiar with the technology that will shape their lives in the years ahead.
Since his election, Ed has held a number of positions, serving recently within Labor’s Shadow Ministry across a range of portfolios including Employment Services, Human Services, the Digital Economy and the Future of Work.
Prior to this Ed was Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband.
Before entering Federal Parliament Ed worked in roles spanning the private and public sectors.