After a brief tenure as Tasmanian premier, David Bartlett is stepping down to spend more time as a husband and father. Where does that leave Tasmania's currently forward-looking IT agenda?
Keeping track of the cheques and (bank) balances in government IT is a big job -- fortunately, when we asked Suzanne Tindal if she could take up the challenge, she said "Yes I Can."
Suzanne Tindal cut her teeth at ZDNet.com.au as the site's telecommunications reporter, a role that saw her break some of the biggest stories associated with the National Broadband Network process. She then turned her attention to all matters in government and corporate ICT circles. Now she's taking on the whole gamut as news editor for the site.
I pity our government for having to try to improve national cybersecurity in a nation of "she'll be right" citizens.
If the government gives in to a campaign by retailers to lower the threshold for GST without carefully considering the results of an inquiry by the Productivity Commission into the matter, I'd be very unimpressed.
Reading about Google's lawsuit against the US Government this week for writing a tender with requirements that only a Microsoft product could meet, I wondered if we are sacrificing giving the government what it needs in our push to give everyone a slice of government pie.
I don't mind waiting for an internet connection, as I realise there can be screw-ups. However, I do expect regular updates if there are problems, which is where iiNet went horribly wrong in the saga that has led to me being without internet for almost three weeks.
The challenge that Government 2.0 faces to become a reality became obvious this week in Senate Estimates, as Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi took Australian Government Information Management Office first assistant secretary John Sheridan to task for letting Finance Department staff loose on Twitter.
Optus seems to have much to gain by putting a formal agreement into place with the government around customer migration to the National Broadband Network (NBN). But does the government?
News that doctors have been paid an incentive for implementing e-health systems that are not available has floored me.
The latest scandal about the NSW Government disgusts me. It doesn't disgust me that someone was using public resources to look (or not look) at porn, but rather because that technology was used in exactly the way most citizens don't want it used.
I am disgusted by Labor's announcement that it will make IT departments bid against non IT projects for the money they had taken out of their budgets in savings.
We might all wish that tech policies would take centre stage in this election, especially with such polarised views between the main parties about the National Broadband Network and e-health, but the truth is that tech will never be the main game.
Victoria's smart meter situation is an example of why companies love to deal with government so much, and why smart energy networks are such expensive commodities.
With very little fanfare, Telstra last week announced its involvement in one of the more sensible initiatives I've heard about this year.
NSW might have been the premier state, but the last week has certainly made me feel like it is now the has-been state.
I hope Kim Carr's Book Industry Strategy Group gets a move on with its goal of dragging the Australian publishing industry into the 21st century, because today I decided I am never going to buy another printed book, which means I will buy very few Australian ones.