[LINK] IT training for young and old
Fri, 02 Nov 2001 07:26:36 +1100
At 10:57 AM 1/11/01 +1100, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>I haven't seen much in the media that makes ICT a key election issue. It's
>more in the "tick in the box" category.
This was mentioned by John Rydge at the ACS Vic branch program last night
that featured Kate Lundy, Senator Dick, and Brian Grieg. Struck me as a
strange view, too. But oh well.
Kate got the first at least 50 minutes all to herself because the other two
arrived late. She was able to lay out a good view of the Knowledge Nation
policy and its implications on ICT as well as take a few questions. Since
s.d. arrived late, his presentation was a bit funny because he was
criticising things as not present in Labor's policy that Kate had just
talked about being in the policy [venture capital investment and employee
share ownership programs]. Reminded me of the school kid who comes late to
class and wonders what the rest of the class is laughing at.
Kate's point was that ICT is an enabling industry and runs across several
portfolios for impact, naming industry [Lawrence], communications [Smith]
and education [Lee], which made Labor's ICT policy embedded in several
places including KN. Grieg took it a step further and emphasised not only
the software/hardware, but also the human and social development aspects.
I know some people weren't impressed with any of them, but of the three, KN
strikes a chord with me because it is integrative rather than
compartmentalising. I still don't get the coalition's position as it
appears to be so disjointed.
There was a funny moment when I think it was Grieg who mentioned an online
poll of what the public thought of the IT policies of the different
parties. Dems were highest at something like 34%, Labor at 29%, Liberals
at 22%, One Nation [Grieg wondered what their policy was..] 11%, and ---
wait for it ---- Nats 1%! I cracked up.
Lots more was covered in the 90+ minutes. I admit I'm partial to the Labor
party to start, but I can't vote so it doesn't matter much what I think of
it other than reacting to what it all means for our collective future. I
think KN has the goods, though, of the two who have a chance of gaining
I also sent a note off to Kate and staffer about the session last night,
and mentioned the ALP site difficulties with finding her under the list of
women members. Didn't bother with the points about the server.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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