IT Super Department?
Mon, 12 Oct 1998 11:43:27 +1000
Robert Hazeltine wrote:
> It is an interesting proposition though - bringing IT functions
> into a superdepartment. It almost sounds unmanageable as there
> is such a variety of functions within government using the
> technology on which IT is based - tax, social security, defence
> applications, etc. etc. On the other hand, it might merely
> be the ususual confusion between hardware and IT itself.
I do hope they do not get themselves into too much of a muddle.
It seems to me that there are three distinct areas of IT in which
the Federal government plays a part:
1) IT that government departments use
2) The IT infrastructure that everyone uses
- eg telecommunications, PKI etc.
3) The IT industry
Each of these are different although they may be interconnected.
If they make an IT superdepartment it will be interesting to see
what they put in it.
Of course it might just be a push for power by a certain ex NSW
premier, now into his second term in Federal politics.
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