Last week, Kotaku was lamenting the loss of Simon Crean, whose tenure as arts minister saw $20 million in funding for the Australian games industry. His freshly-announced replacement at least has some vaguely decent geek credentials: Tony Burke was the first man to officially use an iPad for his speech notes during Question Time.
Sure, it would be more impressive if he’d done that wearing a Super Mario T-shirt. But it’s worth remembering that Parliament still has plenty of members whose willingness to embrace technology is, shall we say, limited, and not all of them are from Queensland. In that context, using an iPad — and in an official context, not just to dodge the boring bits — is a moment to be cherished.
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