- Fast broadband infrastructure
- Internet filtering
- Telecommunications reform
- Distribution of IT responsibilities
- Government 2.0
- ICT innovation and industry advocacy
- Computers in schools
Distribution of IT responsibilities
Though spokespeople for Julia Gillard’s Federal election campaign refuse to confirm any speculation on the issue, various Labor members, including senators Kate Lundy and Stephen Conroy, have hinted a Labor Government would consider a redistribution of IT responsibilities across ministerial portfolios.
An IT ministry remains a plausible option, largely reclaiming responsibilities currently under the guise of Finance and Innovation. However, Conroy’s comments - and calls by the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) - point to the possibility of a cross-portfolio minister that would combine the responsibilities of various ministries rather than siloing them into a new ministry.
The Liberal party is yet to comment on the issue.
As a minor party, the Australian Greens do not work on specific cabinet ministries. However, senator Scott Ludlam has told Computerworld Australia that should the party win extra seats in the Senate, the party may redistribute its internal responsibilities.