Latham combines IT and telecomms, hands to new player

The Australian Labor Party has combined the portfolio responsibilities of information technology and communications and passed them to Senator Stephen Conroy, handing the previous information technology spokesperson, Senator Kate Lundy, manufacturing and consumer affairs.ALP leader, Mark Latham, today unveiled the moves as part of his announcement of his shadow ministry.

The Australian Labor Party has combined the portfolio responsibilities of information technology and communications and passed them to Senator Stephen Conroy, handing the previous information technology spokesperson, Senator Kate Lundy, manufacturing and consumer affairs.

ALP leader, Mark Latham, today unveiled the moves as part of his announcement of his shadow ministry. The previous communications spokesperson, Lindsay Tanner, announced after the federal election that he would head to the backbench.

Conroy, Labor's deputy Senate leader and a member of the shadow cabinet, will be charged with carrying the fight to the government on critical issues such as the sale of the remainder of Telstra.

Lundy told ZDNet Australia  that while "it's always sad" to leave a portfolio area, she was proud to have left information technology in good shape, being elevated to a shadow cabinet responsibility and combined with communications again.

She added that the re-combination of information technology and communications was in line with what she and the ALP were told was the industry's preferred model by information technology leaders during the campaign.