Qld govt appoints Ian Walker as IT minister

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

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.