With Victoria's election campaign in full swing, the ICT policies of both the State Government and Opposition are in the spotlight. While technology can't expect the starring role it achieved in the Federal election, courtesy of the National Broadband Network, ICT won't be just a bit player in the State campaign.
With the announcement this week of the Gillard Cabinet and Tony Abbott's shadow ministry, we now know who the players are in what will be a hard-fought battle over the National Broadband Network implementation. But we have still to learn how the game will be played.
The Federal Government will push to get its stalled telecommunications reform bill passed this year, and says the Opposition will be held to account for any delays and cost escalations for the National Broadband Network if the legislation is held up.