With only weeks to go to the election, ZDNet Australia looks back on the two main parties' ICT promises, soundbites and faux pas. From broadband to ICT jobs, here are the highlights from the campaign trail so far
Coalition Communications Minister Helen Coonan and Labor communications spokesperson Stephen Conroy are going head-to-head in a televised debate this week -- and ZDNet Australia wants you to ask them the burning election questions you want answered.
If there was ever evidence that the stoush over broadband had gotten personal, it came when Telstra's sour-grapes mentality led it to sue Helen Coonan, personally, for claimed procedural flaws in the OPEL contract.
The Coalition has been rated bottom among the major parties on commitment to privacy issues, according to a report released by the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF).
Demand for permanent IT staff continues to grow, bucking the expected dip in demand for new staff in the run up to the federal election.
Family First has expelled one of its election candidates over a pornography scandal.
Opposition leader Kevin Rudd has announced Labor's plans to "bridge the digital divide" between rich and poor but some are already questioning how much the scheme will help the non tech-savvy.
Political parties are expected to use the Internet to blast home their final election messages, as the Web is immune to ACMA's pre-election propaganda ban.
Federal Communications Minister Helen Coonan has continued her attacks on Labor's broadband plans, labelling them a failure from which many people will miss out altogether on service.
The upcoming election could prove a fatal blow to the government's Access Card plans, with privacy advocates encouraging a voter rebellion on the issue and Labor promising to drop the project if elected to government.
On the first official day of the federal election campaign, Labor has placed IT at the centre of its agenda for growth, issuing a challenge to the Coalition on broadband and procurement.
Senior politicians have warned that Australia is heading for an ICT skills crisis with the country's students outpacing their teachers in their knowledge of technology.