Tech and Construction welcome Turnbull

September 16 2015   04 PM  

ConX is welcoming the good news of Malcolm Turnbull becoming Australia’s 29th Prime Minister.

Whilst the tech ecosystem is fresh and young and oozing with energy, the building and construction industry is old, traditional and in need of an energy injection. Both facing very different challenges, but both have confidence in our new leader.


The tech community buzzed with excitement across the web with welcoming tweets, posts and articles from leading figures. Fishburners, Australia’s largest tech co-working space, where ConX is based, was recently graced with a visit from the new Prime minister and fellow members reposted their pictures from the day with pride.

A survey conducted by Murray Hurps’ Startup Muster earlier this year (which represents ConX’s opinion), found that Turnbull was considered as Australia’s most supportive politician of the nations startup ecosystem.

His opening address was a testament of his understanding and appreciation of the value tech will play in the future of this country.

“The Australia of the future has to be a nation that is agile, that is innovative, that is creative. We can’t be defensive, we can’t future-proof ourselves. We have to recognize that the disruption that we see driven by technology, the volatility in change is our friend if we are agile and smart enough to take advantage of it.”


On the other side of town, the tradies shared equal excitement. The Master Builders Association welcomed Mr. Turnbull for what he can do to “revive and reinvigorate” the mature building and construction industry.

 “Master Builders looks to Prime Minister Turnbull and his government for renewed and reinvigorated energy in driving the implementation of a vision to meet the challenges and opportunities facing the building and construction industry and the nation,” Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders Australia said.


A topic very close to our hearts at ConX is getting more youngsters into the industry and the MBA has faith that Turnbull is the man to help:

“Advancing policies to support the industry to train more young people through an industry driven apprenticeship process is another priority.  We need young people to become our leaders for tomorrow and to do that nationally we need at least 30,000 new entrants a year to meet that skills challenge,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.

We look forward to reaping the benefits of the coup!