There’s not much to fear from the Australian digital economy if Prime Minister Tony Abbot gets his way.
The guy who’s all for ‘stopping the boats’ by any means necessary to fend off asylum seekers has now offered up his unique insight into teaching kids how to code.
Bill Shorten, the leader of the Labor Party and Australia's opposition, asked Abbot if he would commit the government to supporting the push to have coding taught in every primary school in Australia.
Let's just understand exactly what the leader of the opposition has asked. Do you want to send them all out to work at the age of 11?
Is that what he wants to do? I mean seriously? Seriously?
At a time when other governments around the world, such as the UK, are making coding in the classroom part of the curriculum, Australia’s Prime Minister seems to think it’s akin to sending urchins up chimneys!
A sad contrast to the activities of Coder Dojo we highlighted earlier in the week. And a worrying sign for any business with digital ambitions for Australia.
You can't legislate for dumb.