House debates

Monday, 27 March 2017

Statements by Members

Bennelong Innovation Fair

1:31 pm

Photo of John AlexanderJohn Alexander (Bennelong, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

The day I know you have all been waiting for is finally here, the day of the Bennelong Innovation Fair. There are no more sleepless nights sick with anticipation. We have virtual reality, we have HoloLens, we have fuel cells, we have do-it-yourself cataract surgery, if that is your thing, and we even have a brewery. It is thirsty work, this innovation.

Bennelong is the innovation capital of Australia and home to some of the most innovative companies and organisations in the country. We are home to the cancer-curing Gamma Knife, Australia's only hydrogen fuelling pump, and the labs that build every single cochlear implant, and of course we have Macquarie University, a world leader in many fields. Wi-Fi was invented here, and even the Granny Smith apple comes from Ryde.

What is next in the innovation world of Bennelong? Why don't you come down and ask the winners of the schools STEM challenge? They will be in the Great Hall too, showing off their inventions: computerised gloves to help the disabled, self-driving cars and much more. So come one, come all to the Great Hall from 5.30 to 8:30. The future is exciting, and there has never been a more exciting time to be in Australia. Don't stand on the bus stop of life and let this bus of life go by. Get off the bus stop of life. Be there from 5.30 to 8.30. You will, won't you, at the innovation fair?

Photo of Mark CoultonMark Coulton (Parkes, Deputy-Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

I am not quite sure what to say.