Following up the news that the National Innovation Review has recommended that Australian Government should be releasing material under Creative Commons licences – in a speech at the Committee for Melbourne yesterday, Senator Carr gave what sounds like a fairly strong endorsement of this recommendation, saying:

“We are and will remain a net importer of knowledge, so it is in our interest to promote the freest possible flow of information domestically and globally.

The arguments for stepping out first on open access are the same as the arguments for stepping out first on emissions trading – the more willing we are to show leadership on this, we more chance we have of persuading other countries to reciprocate.

And if we want the rest of the world to act, we have to do our bit at home.”

You can read the full speech here.

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