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The Honourable Gary Nairn imagines seven examples of where technology may go in the future – in the fields of communication, education, energy, health, transport, work practice and social networking. The one common link between all of his examples are that they all revolve around ‘place’, which makes palpable the opportunities and advantages of being spatially enabled.

Gary Nairn brought the geospatial industry to the national stage in his former role as an Australian Minister of State. Also responsible for e-government, Gary was behind the move to spatially enable Australian government. This initiative provided benefits to social services and taxation processes by producing real time information, and has been estimated as contributing between $A6 billion to $A12 billion to GDP.

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