Malcolm Turnbull backs Shorten’s plan for coding in schools

Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull has given up trying to convince Tony Abbott of the virtues of digital technology and has instead expressed support for initiatives announced by Bill Shorten in his budget-in-reply speech.

In stark contrast to Tuesday night’s Budget which only had a plan to save Tony Abbott’s job, Bill Shorten outlined a comprehensive vision for Australia’s future on Thursday night.

Part of that vision is that every primary and secondary school in the country will teach coding. As Bill Shorten said on Thursday night:

“Coding is the literacy of the 21st century, and under Labor, every young Australian will have a chance to read, write, and work with the global language of the digital age…Digital technologies, computer science, and coding, the language of computers and technology, should be taught in every primary and every secondary school in Australia, and a Shorten Labor government will make this a national priority.”

BILL SHORTEN – BUDGET-IN-REPLY – 14 MAY 2015 

Malcolm Turnbull, the man who Tony Abbott thinks invented the internet, said today:

“If we want to succeed, and continue to succeed as a prosperous first-world economy … we need to be leaner, faster, more imaginative, more innovative, more technologically sophisticated, and the key tool for that is coding.”

MALCOLM TURNBULL – 15 MAY 2015

He went on to say:

“We need to expose more students to coding so they are inspired to create, build and develop new technologies rather than just being passive users of it.”

MALCOLM TURNBULL – 15 MAY 2015

It is clear that there is only one leader who has a vision for the future of this country and a plan to realise that vision. Malcolm Turnbull has realised that leader is Bill Shorten, not Tony Abbott.

FRIDAY, 15 MAY 2015

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