Virus impact over each market - telecom operators, government agencies and regulators' responses - revised forecasts for the next 5 years.
Last updated: 24 May 2017 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 12
Analyst: Phil Harpur
The following report is written by Paul Budde.
Interestingly, during the process of establishing the Smart City Industry Collaborative one of the blue chip companies I contacted indicated that they were not a big fan of smart cities as their company was not really in the business of ‘making people happy’. They were selling ICTs to ‘make cities smarter’.
This conversation took place a few months ago, but it has made me think more about happiness. The term can be rather fuzzy, so here is my interpretation of ‘happiness’ in this context …..
I see it to mean well-being – a state of affairs where people live in an atmosphere of inclusion, security and stability, with a fairly optimistic view of the future; where they feel their primary needs are being taken care of by a responsible governing body; and, importantly, where they have some influence and control over their own lives. Based on the various global developments over the last few decades it has become clear that people’s well-being should be a key issue in policy-making, both globally and locally.
In the context of the field of our expertise I believe that smart technologies can assist in this.
Subsequently I explored the topic further during some of the in-depth discussions I have had with policy-makers, industry leaders – and with some of you, being the citizens in all this turmoil. I will elaborate on this in this blog.
After an overall assessment of community issues around stability and security, I bring the article back to smart cities, in order to see where this development fits into these broader social and economic developments.
As you know, I have resigned from the Labor Ministry and have decided not to re-contest the seat of Charlton at the next election – both for personal reasons.
Before leaving Parliament, I particularly wish to record my thanks to you for your generous and constructive participation in the deliberations that generated significant economic policy reforms for the Australian community. Continuous economic transformation is a key challenge that faces all Governments.
The development of sound public policy should always be contestable. Ultimately, good and equitable outcomes are not concessions to any particular interest group, but the careful balancing of interests to create the greatest possible benefit for the nation. You have contributed to that, and I sincerely thank you for it.
Greg Combet, Former Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation
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