The Hon. AMANDA FAZIO: My question without notice is to the Treasurer. Would the Treasurer update the House on the latest success stories from the Government's Australian Technology Showcase?
The Hon. M. R. EGAN: The Sydney 2000 Olympics have helped produce another two New South Wales business success stories. The New South Wales company Laservision, a star of the Olympic nightly entertainment at Darling Harbour, has recently been awarded for its outstanding entertainment web sites by the Web Marketing Association [WMA]. WMA is an independent organisation founded with the exclusive purpose of evaluating and recognising the standard of excellence on the worldwide web for corporate web sites. Laservision has won the web site award for its newly redesigned site www.laservision.com.au that allows site visitors to experience the stunning laser vision entertainment technology.
I am not up with these things, so I always have some difficulty with them. That allows site visitors to experience the stunning Laservision entertainment technology. According to Mr John Eustace, marketing manager for Laservision, support provided by the Government's post-Olympic business marketing program, through the Australian Technology Showcase, was a major factor in the company's web site award. This award was won amongst intense international competition in the company of web sites designed by global entertainment giants MGM, Warner Brothers and Planet Hollywood. Laservision pioneered the laser display industry in Australia during the early eighties. Today they are an international supplier to a diverse range of major theme and entertainment projects in Indonesia, Thailand, India, Singapore, China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the Pacific Islands.
In yet another win for New South Wales technology, voice recording system provider Electrodata has received a major order from the Sydney operation of State Street, the leading international financial institution. Electrodata is the only voice logging manufacturer in the Southern Hemisphere and the Asian region. Its history in recording technology and manufacture spans more than 30 years. Electrodata will provide State Street's city office centre with special voice recording equipment for its PABX system. State Street chose Electrodata's technology because it is superior to more expensive technology of imported competitors and could handle 100 per cent of the company's PABX activity.
Electrodata is also an active member of the Australian Technology Showcase. It is one of the 250 New South Wales enterprises that have generated over $180 million in new exports and sales since the start of the Australian Technology Showcase program. The achievements of Laservision and Electrodata are great wins for New South Wales technology, New South Wales innovation and the Australian Technology Showcase. Supporting clever New South Wales companies like these is a key part of the Government's post-Olympic international business marketing program, which is helping to build new enterprises and generate new jobs in this State.