Democracy is infectious

An ideas festival attracting international leaders and innovative thinkers is to be held in Tasmania in 2010.

'The Ideas Festival is a State Government initiative. It will be a world class event attracting speakers from around the globe.

'I want the best and brightest, innovative and creative thinkers of the 21st century to come to Tasmania and share their ideas,' the Tasmanian Premier, David Bartlett, said.

'Tasmanians are naturally innovative and this will be a true celebration of our culture of good ideas. It is not a festival for the academic alone but for all Tasmanians. It is a festival of the people - from school children to grandparents.

"The Launceston Festival of Ideas is a joint project of the University of Tasmania and the Evatt Foundation which aims to advance the ideals of equality, participation, social justice and human rights."

'The Ideas Festival will be to innovation what 10 Days on the Island is to the arts."

'I am pleased to announce that Professor Jonathon West from the Australian Innovation Research Centre will be the inaugural Chair of the event. He will lead an Advisory Board made up of representatives from a wide range of sectors, including technology, science and the arts."

'I believe this is an exciting opportunity for all Tasmanians to have a say in shaping the future direction of the state and embrace our potential as a truly clever community.'

Mr Bartlett made the announcement today whilst opening the Launceston Festival of Ideas where community members come together to express their views on democracy.

'The Launceston Festival of Ideas is a joint project of the University of Tasmania and the Evatt Foundation which aims to advance the ideals of equality, participation, social justice and human rights,' Mr Bartlett said.

'The State Government is proud to have provided funding for the event."

'I hope that Tasmanians will embrace the fantastic opportunities provided by this festival,' Mr Bartlett said.

The inaugural Ideas Festival will be held in 2010. The event will attract the best and brightest thinkers from around the world. It is an event for all Tasmanians - from school children to grandparents.

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