Sir Paul Callaghan: Politics, science and the pursuit of prosperity

Acclaimed Victoria University physicist, entrepreneur and Royal Society of London Fellow Professor Sir Paul Callaghan delivered a hard-hitting speech at Telecommunications Day 2011 this morning, foreshadowing the Budget with a speech critical of New Zealand’s past approaches to transforming our economy for a more prosperous future.

Click below to listen back to the speech…

points covered:

– New Zealand’s relatively low productivity

– Our “spiritual” objections to genetically modified organisms

– The myth of “clean, green New Zealand”

– The low value of tourism compared to the hi-tech sector

– Lazy journalism

– Closing the $45 billion GDP gap with Australia

– Lack of political inspiration

– Christchurch as a “game changer”

– The importance of pursuing prosperity for the country