Qld govt appoints Ian Walker as IT minister

Qld govt appoints Ian Walker as IT minister

Summary: Following former IT minister Ros Bates' resignation last week, the Queensland government has appointed Ian Walker as her replacement.

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Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has appointed Ian Walker as the state's minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts following the resignation of Ros Bates on Friday.

Walker, who has a background in arts and law, has been promoted following his performance as assistance minister for Planning Reform, Newman said.

Newman said that one of the responsibilities Walker will undertake is the whole-of-government IT audit to "better understand our capabilities and priorities".

Walker does not have an IT background, but neither did Bates when she was appointed. Bates spent just over a year as the shadow minister for Public Works, Information and Communication Technology and the Building Industry.

What Walker lacks in IT experience, he makes up for with experience in law. He was appointed a partner with Cannan & Peterson in 1984, which later became Norton Rose. Walker has also been named in the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia's best lawyers, and additionally serves as the Liberal National Party's honorary legal advisor.

At his appointment, Walker said that he is particularly excited at being involved with Queensland's arts scene, stating that he has had "a long association and love of the arts", but made no mention of his IT responsibilities.

Topics: Government AU, Government, IT Employment, Australia

Michael Lee

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  • Oh Great

    So a Lawyer in charge of IT. Times could be interesting in Qld!
    gr1f
  • Congrtzzz Ian Walker

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    ancyk
  • Congrtzzz Ian Walker

    I think the existing IT field especially in India is really growing much faster than previous ever. As per a recent Gartner report, the top five Indian IT service companies, incorporating Cognizant, have expanded their piece of market share in Western Europe from 2.3 per cent in 2010 to 2.8 in 2011. For 2011-12, Wipro's IT services income from Europe stood at $1.6 billion revealed 28.3 per cent of the company’s IT income of $5.9 billion. It was in advance of India's second greatest IT services company Infosys that inferred $1.5 million in income from Europe. Recently NASSCOM reported that IT and ITES field in India, annually grows at the rate of about 25% and manages nearly 2 million businesses. Indian IT -ITES division is its leader economy developer and each and every rupee used by IT-ITES sector accounts for two rupees in Indian economy. This is sure that there is extremely vivid scope for IT-ITES industry as it is strongest industry sector in India. Mainly the tourism sector like http://focuztours.com makes good growth in every years. So, every IT firm can visit India with a confidence to make a good deal for the IT sector.
    ancyk
  • IT Knowledge

    As a partner in a law firm he would have extensive IT knowledge from having done timesheets.
    Oliverzip