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.
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.
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.
From the time we're born, we're encouraged to think that we're special, one of a kind, irreplaceable and unique. Shared services goes against this mantra.
I don't know whether the government managed to catch my blog last week about never getting anything done, but this week it went out of its way to prove me wrong.
If the government was a company employee, he'd be the one who'd call for endless and useless meetings to which he'd swan in late, he'd ask everyone to write 10 million reports and he would miss every deadline.
I really couldn't decide on Friday when I read the news about Victoria signing up for 500 iPads to use in its schools whether it was forward-looking genius or try-hard wankery.
Tonight at 7:30pm the Federal Budget will be released publicly, and all indications are it's not going to be one where there will be many tech surprises, or if there are, it will be more of a vanishing trick.