A large number of Queensland ICT industry luminaries donned red and yellow T-shirts to dominate the floor at an election debate in Brisbane between Premier Anna Bligh and opposition leader Lawrence Springborg.
Both sides of politics have come under pressure from Queensland's ICT industry this week with the ICT Industry Workgroup, a lobbying organisation representing a large part of the industry, placing advertisements demanding support from both sides of politics to boost technology jobs and the industry as a whole.
The T-shirted lobbyists attended the debate today to urge Bligh and Springborg to commit to the industry's strategy of creating 30,000 new ICT jobs in the state, adding to the industry's existing 70,000-strong workforce.
Some of those planning to attend included Data#3 managing director John Grant, Sundata managing director Kon Kakanis, Technology One operating officer Roger Phare, SMS Management and Technology associate Grant Cause and University of Queensland IT services and Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) director Nick Tate.
Others named by the Queensland ICT Industry Workgroup include former Queensland Government CIO and head of Microsoft's Queensland division Peter Grant, GBST Holdings chair John Puttick and Peoplebank Queensland manager John Egan.
The state election will be held on 21 March.