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Thursday, 29 July 2010 19:17

Election 2010: Technology portfolio consolidation?

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Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has delivered the broadest hint yet that a Gillard Government will if re-elected consolidate Government information technology-related activities within a single portfolio.


The division of responsibility between departments around industry development and information technology-related portfolio initiatives was confusing and slowed the progress toward adopting new technology, Senator Conroy said.

He acknowledged that the ICT industry had been asking Government for some time for it to consolidate which departments held responsibility for technology issues.

There has been some confusion about Senator Conroy's responsibility for broadband and communications and developing the digital economy, and Kim Carr's responsibilities for industry development in the IT sector industry development.

And the responsibility for Government user issues through the Department of Finance, and the individual portfolio initiatives like eHealth has further spread responsibility for the sector.

"This is something the industry has been calling for, that there needs to be consolidation, and that's a very positive thing," Senator Conroy told an Australian Information Industry Association luncheon in Melbourne.

"It is very difficult (for the industry) being spread across so many different departments."

"We do need to try and raise the voice of a united industry, to call for the Parliament to recognise the challenges and therefore (recognise) the benefits and to get a move on to pass the necessary legislation."

Senator Conroy called the telecommunications reforms - including the "Holy Grail" structural separation of Telstra - and the construction of the NBN as the priority for continued focus within the communications portfolio, as well as the once in a generation opportunities of the digital switch-over of analogue to digital television.

But with the NBN infrastructure increasingly in place through a second term of a Gillard Government, industry development work through the digital economy portion of the portfolio would become increasingly important.


"The infrastructure we are building will transform the economy and we need to be in a position to capitalise on the opportunity this presents," Senator Conroy said.

"The Government will drive this transformation through the promotion of smart infrastructure; and the delivery of e-Government services, including in the areas of health, education and aged care."

"To achieve this, the Government will release a long-term Digital Economy Strategy to maximise the benefits of an NBN enabled society by the end of 2010," he said.

Senator Conroy also pointed to promotion of telework - something currently within Kim Carr's Industry portfolio - as a priority for a second term.

Access Economics has found Australia could save between $1.4 billion and $1.9 billion if 10 per cent of people could telework 50 per cent of the time.

"In additional to the benefits for business and family life, the report also found that teleworking can assist to better manage our environmental impact," Senator Conroy said.

"The report found if 10 per cent of Australians teleworked 50 per cent of the time, around 120 million litres of fuel would be saved each year, avoiding 320,000 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to $6 million worth of emissions."

"This would also reduce traffic at peak periods by 5 per cent, resulting in a reduction of $470 million in congestion costs annually."

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