At a recent meeting in London, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia, pledged the support of his country to the UK and the broader Commonwealth family during the uncertainty of Brexit and the global market challenges that we face. He called for free trade agreements to be established as soon as practical to ensure the movement of top talent and incentives for investing in building a modern economy for the future are not undermined.
Elizabeth met with Prime Minister Turnbull at a Britain-Australia Society reception in the grand surroundings of Marlborough House, Headquarters of the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was also attended by H.E. The Hon. Alexander Downer AC, Australian High Commissioner to the UK and the Rt Hon. Lord Howell of Guildford, President of the Royal Commonwealth Society.
In echoing Prime Minister Turnbull’s comments, Elizabeth said:
“The commitment of the Australian Prime Minister to facilitate free trade and movement of skilled labour as soon as Brexit allows, will be a major boost to the Digital economies of the UK and Australia, as both currently face a significant skills shortage and increased global competition. Encouraging greater cooperation and collaboration, and sharing experiences and learnings, is key to building more experienced and mature digital capabilities.”
Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the AIIA also commented on the industry perspective:
“The ICT sector operates in a business environment that is global and highly mobile – more so than any other industry. The speed at which skill requirements are changing is matched only by the constant and increasing demand for emerging ICT specialisations. The free exchange of skilled ICT labour across borders is critical in sharing the knowledge, expertise and experience required to build the global ICT talent pool that countries such as Australia can draw from. AIIA has enjoyed a long standing relationship with its peer organisations around the world, including in the UK, and fully supports the Australian Prime Minister’s recent commitment in London to facilitate continued free trade and movement of skilled labour in the context of Brexit.”