[LINK] The Great Online Debate
Thu, 01 Nov 2001 17:08:21 +1100
The Great Online Debate
By Jeanne-Vida Douglas,
01 November 2001
When ZDNet Australia first announced our inaugural online debate, we called
for our readers to send in questions they would like to pose to the IT
representatives of the country's leading political parties.
The coalition's respponse is at
and includes the following spin:
The Coalition has created millions of dollars worth of IT outsourcing
opportunities by implementing its IT Outsourcing Initiative, and is
committed to strongly encouraging the outsourcing of government ICT goods
and service provision to create future opportunities for the private
Australian industry development has, from the beginning, been a key
objective of the Initiative. All tendering companies for clustered
contracts were required to outline how their bid for the contract would
assist the Australian ICT industry, and these industry development outcomes
were assessed as part of the tender.
Two out of the original five cluster contracts were won in competitive
tendering by Australian companies, who are now poised for overseas
Recent adjustment to the initiative, following the Humphry Review, has
resulted in smaller contracts, creating more opportunities for Australian
SMEs, and following consultation with Australian SMEs, the Coalition
Government conducted a review of inhibitors to SMEs fully participating in
the Government market, and is currently carrying out the recommendations of
Isn't that a wonderful spin on what everyone else calls a disaster? "Recent
adjustment to the initiative, following the Humphry Review, ... is
currently carrying out the recommendations of the review".
Are they carrying out *all* the recommendations, or just those that apply
to "inhibitors to SMEs fully participating in the Government market".
It doesn't matter who you vote for, you always get a politician