Copy link
Increase text size
Decrease text size
Link copied

Australian MP Advocates for Blockchain to Boost Economy and Productivity

Australian MP says the country needs blockchain

Tue, 11 Jun 2024, 09:50 am UTC

Australian MP Andrew Charlton emphasized the need for blockchain technology to boost the economy by $60 billion, address stagnant productivity, and advocate for its broader adoption at Australia's Blockchain Week 2024.

Australian MP Andrew Charlton Calls for Increased Blockchain Adoption to Boost Economy by $60 Billion

In a recent report by Cointelegraph, Andrew Charlton, a member of the Australian Parliament, stated that blockchain technology could boost the economy by $60 billion and reverse stagnant productivity development.

Australian politician Andrew Charlton addressed a group of digital asset executives on June 11, asserting that blockchain technology can boost the economy by $60 billion and reverse three decades of stagnant productivity development.

In the 2000s, Australia's productivity growth was a "reasonably healthy" 2.1%. However, Parliament Member Charlton stated at Australia's Blockchain Week 2024 in Sydney on June 11 that the current rate is insufficient to support fundamental increases in living standards.

“Without productivity growth, there is no sustained pathway to higher wages or higher living standards,” Charlton said, making his case for increased blockchain adoption in the country.

"We need this more than ever before."

Charlton Urges Blockchain Adoption to Boost Australia's Economy Amid Slow Progress in Digital Asset Regulation

According to the Productivity Commission of Australia, labor productivity in Australia increased by only 0.9% in the final quarter of 2023.

Charlton, a pro-crypto politician in Australia, stated that blockchain has the potential to stimulate the development of the Australian economy, as air travel, automobiles, silicon chips, the internet, and other technologies have done in previous generations.

Charlton stated that it possesses the “rare ability” to enhance its industry and numerous others. He also mentioned that it could be implemented in healthcare record administration, tax collection, real estate, and voting.

It has the potential to enhance supply chains by enabling the real-time, transparent tracking and delivery of products, and it has the potential to revolutionize the processing of financial transactions by reducing the number of intermediaries and transaction times.

"With the right settings and regulations, the digital assets sector could add up to $60 billion per year to the Australian economy."

But Charlton wasn't pleased with the Australian government's slow progress in developing digital asset regulation.

"We have the strength to be a leader in responsible digital asset innovation, Charlton said. "But the truth is, at the moment, we're not capturing this opportunity."

Australia still needs to implement legislation that pertains to cryptocurrency.

Charlton aspires to see a regulatory framework implemented in Australia that would enable businesses to manage digital assets that are comparable to traditional ones.

"I think that if we get this right, Australia does have the opportunity to be a leader in responsible digital asset innovation."

Charlton proposed that the United Kingdom, Europe, Hong Kong, and Singapore were at the forefront of implementing new legislation to promote digital asset innovation in financial services.

The politician also expressed his desire for the Australian government to resolve the current shortage of tech skills, citing the nation's ongoing challenges in attracting more digital asset startups in recent years.

Photo: Microsoft Bing

TokenPost | [email protected]

<Copyright © TokenPost. All Rights Reserved. >

Back to top
Copyright ⓒ TokenPost. All Rights Reserved.