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Look at Australia in a different light, businessmen told

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CHENNAI, JAN. 23. Australia is looking for partners in India to undertake commercialisation of "terrific" scientific and technological innovations made by Australian institutions, according to Peter O'Byrne, Managing Director of Austrade (Australian Trade Commission).

Fifty per cent of all hearing aids sold in the world incorporate systems designed by the National Acoustic Laboratory of Australia. Aircraft landing systems and ore mining systems used throughout the world use equipment and designs developed in Australia, whose exports are no more confined to the "coal, wool, copper and gold basket," he said.

Addressing a meeting organised by the Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Mr. O'Byrne said Australia's new strengths included biotechnology, agribusiness and ICT (information and communication technologies), including e-governance. The main role of Austrade was to "bring together Australians and businesses of other countries" and get them to "do deals." "Our performance is judged solely by how many deals have been done with our assistance," he said. Citing the new tourism slogan of Australia, "A Different Light", he urged Indian businesses to look at Australia "in a different light".

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