Politicians of all stripes took part in a Coding and Innovation “boot camp” this morning, with students from local schools showing pollies their creations, which included “a smart letterbox which sends you emails on receiving physical mail” and “an engineered robotic dog that uses ultrasonic sensors to engage”. While politicians were keen to show how innovative they were, News Corp journo Jackson Gothe-Snape asked a few MPswhat their favourite coding language was — Matt Williams and Amanda Rishworth answered Java, while Jason Clare and Kate Ellis didn’t have an answer.  The event was sponsored by Intel, which led to some interesting photo opportunities with the company’s robot. Bill Shorten looks concerned that it will soon take over as Labor leader:

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