Thursday, 27 November 2014 05:14

Lundy to retire at next election Featured


Kate Lundy, ALP Senator for the ACT and well respected for her connections to the IT industry, will retire at the next election at the age of 47.

In Government and in Opposition Lundy has been off and on the front bench, most recently as Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy in the dying days of the last Rudd Government. She missed out on a shadow ministry when the ALP returned to opposition after the September 2013 election, reportedly the victim of factional infighting – she is a member of the Left.

Despite her popularity in the industry and her 18 years in the Senate, she was continually passed over the promotion. When she joined the chamber in 1996 she was at 28 the youngest ever ALP federal parliamentarian.

In 2001 she was appointed the ALP’s shadow Minister for Information Technology, also assuming Sport and Arts in the next few years, but was not appointed to the Ministry when the Rudd was elected in 2007. She became very well known in the IT industry and was a constant and articulate critic of the Howard Government’s technology policies.

"I'd like to thank the people of Canberra who have put their faith in me to represent their interests in parliament in the past seven terms," she said in a statement. "I will work with the ACT Labor Party to ensure a smooth transition."

Like all federal parliamentarians elected before 2005, she will receive an attractive pension, which in her case will exceed $100,000 a year, indexed for inflation until she dies. That may have made her decision easier.

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Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire. He is one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He is author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, ‘A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing.’

He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time weekly IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.

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