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Wozniak denies NBN-Aussie citizenship link
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Picture: Michael Wilson/ The West Australian

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he's wanted to live in Australia for decades, and his bid for citizenship here has been falsely linked with the country's national broadband network plan.

Mr Wozniak, who invented the personal computer and formed Apple with Steve Jobs in 1976 before quitting the company 12 years later, revealed yesterday he wanted to become an Australian citizen.

In an interview with Fairfax, he said Australia's ambitious $35.9 billion National Broadband Network rollout was one of the reasons he wanted to become a citizen, adding that his home in California was not connected to a broadband service.

Today, though, he denied the NBN was linked to his citizenship bid, in a keynote speech on creativity.

"They're saying that 'oh, I want to be an Australian citizen because of NBN'," Mr Wozniak told the World Human Resources Congress in Melbourne.

"I probably should say that is true, because it makes me sound weird ... and I like to sound unusual and different because I've thought that way a lot in my life.

"But actually, I appreciate NBN, and for 30 years I've had a desire to live in Australia, but the two are totally unconnected.

"There are so many great things about this country that have nothing to do with NBN."

Mr Wozniak, who invented the Apple I computer and its successor the Apple II, on which the company was built, now works as the chief scientist for Utah-based tech company Fusion-IO.