Conroy, Smith and Ludlam to debate on ICT in August

Key politicians to go head to head on ICT issues at the National Press Club in August

The key ICT political figures in the Federal Election are expected to go head to head in a debate at the National Press Club on 10 August.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has extended invitations to communications minister, Stephen Conroy, the Opposition shadow communications minister, Tony Smith, and Greens ICT spokesperson, Scott Ludlam to take part in the event.

The ACS ran a similar electoral forum prior to the Tasmanian state election with Labor, Liberal and Greens representatives taking part.

If it runs in the same fashion, the three politicians will be given a chance to outline their policies on ICT-related issues and will also then face questions from the audience.

To date, the Labor party has given considerable prominence to ICT in many of its policies including through the national broadband network (NBN), e-Health, smart grid trials, and the computers in schools program to name a few, but has come under fire for costs and poor management.

In contrast the Liberal party has been reticent on providing any policy details on ICT issues, instead focussing on criticising the government’s performance. The Opposition’s alternative to the NBN, for example, is being highly anticipated.

The Greens, meanwhile, have often taken the role of the voice of reason calling for the scrapping of the mandatory ISP-level Internet filter and for a business case on the NBN to be outlined.

Computerworld Australia will seek to clarify each party's policy commitments on the following ICT-related issues in the lead up to the vote:

  • The National Broadband Network (NBN);
  • e-Health
  • Digital education (computers in schools)
  • Gershon Review changes
  • Government 2.0
  • Security and cyber crime
  • The Internet filter
  • Defence cyber capabilities and oversight
  • ICT skills development
  • ICT innovation
  • Privacy Act changes
  • Sustainable ICT
  • Smart grids, transport and environment systems
  • Online piracy and copyright protection
  • ICT advocacy
  • Online services
  • Departmental IT transformation programs

Please list any other areas you would like to hear policy commitments on below.

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