Sharing shake-up hard for some

Published 11 Mar 2016

Sharing shakeup hard for some

by Professor Richard Eccleston, Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the
University of Tasmania and Dr Anne Hardy, Director of the Tourism Research and Education
Network at UTAS.

Much is written about how technology is disrupting business and everyday lives. Technological change is a double-edged sword. It has the capacity to empower and promote prosperity and wellbeing and potential to destroy traditional jobs and undermine communities.

Too often government is the proverbial rabbit in the headlights, with no idea how to respond to the
challenges and opportunities. To this end, the Hodgman Government should be congratulated for its
tentative embrace of the sharing economy, including this week's introduction of legislation to put the
likes of Uber and Airbnb on a more certain regulatory footing.

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