The Hon Jason Clare MP speaks to RBF members and guests

The Hon Jason Clare MP, Member for Blaxland and Shadow Minister for Communications, was our guest speaker at today’s Business @ Breakfast.

L-R The Hon John Watkins (Alzheimers Australia NSW), The Hon Jason Clare MP, Tony Abboud (President, RBF), Lyndal Howison (Labor candidate for Bennelong) and Clr Jerome Laxale (Mayor, City of Ryde)

L-R The Hon John Watkins (Alzheimers Australia NSW), The Hon Jason Clare MP, Tony Abboud (President, RBF), Lyndal Howison (Labor candidate for Bennelong) and Clr Jerome Laxale (Mayor, City of Ryde)

Guests enjoyed a continental breakfast at member venue the Courtyard by Marriott North Ryde before hearing Jason talk about the future job market and the possibilities for improving the NBN prior to, during and after rollout.

STEM subjects are more important than ever, Jason told guests, as it is likely that in the next 50 years 40% of jobs and occupations that Australians now hold will be gone – replaced by technology. There has been a downturn in graduates of computer sciences, where there should be an upturn if Australia is to stay viable and competitive.

The NBN is rolling out in Ryde at the moment, with corporate Macquarie Park and North Ryde set to get the new technology in the last quarter of this year. But it will be Fibre to the Node – not the best option to cope with the heavy drain there will be on the service. Fibre to the Node has not been successful in rural areas, where speed drops dramatically when there is a high call on the service, e.g. when children return home from school and log on to do homework and research.

Options include using Foxtel cable to bring the service to homes, or Fibre to the Driveway, which will bring the fibre to the Telstra pits outside each house, only leaving a small amount of copper wire for the service to travel rather than copper from the node which may be more than a kilometre away.

Jason also fielded questions from our guests – hear his speech in its entirety here:

Disclaimer: Ryde Business Forum is not affiliated with nor supports any political party. We are happy to have speakers from major political parties to inform our guests on topics we believe will be of interest.

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