[LINK] Alston, Lundy resume their IT roles
Wed, 28 Nov 2001 12:39:03 +1100
Alston, Lundy resume their IT roles
By Sandra Rossi and Kelly Mills
28 November, 2001 8:41 Australia
While there have been few changes to the Federal Government's Cabinet
line-up for IT and outsourcing, there are a number of new faces in the
Opposition's shadow ministry. In the Government, Senator Richard Alston
retains the IT and Communications portfolio, which Computerworld
foreshadowed two weeks ago, when the Minister said there was "still a lot
of work to do", including the remaining sale of Telstra and a review of
media broadcasting laws.
A spokesman for the Minister said the Government will also review the
impact of its outsourcing program on the local IT industry and appoint an
Australia Post Ombudsman to improve postal services.
The departure of former Finance Minister John Fahey led to the appointment
of Nick Minchin as Minister for Finance and Administration, and he will now
directly oversee the outsourcing program following the Prime Minister's
announcement last week of the abolition of the Office of Asset Sales and
Commercial Support (OASACS).
In the Opposition ranks, Senator Kate Lundy has been promoted to Shadow
Minister for IT, a separate portfolio to the Shadow Ministry Of Innovation,
Industry, Trade And Tourism, now headed up by Craig Emerson. Lundy said
industry development would be a core focus during the next term, as well
keeping an eye on the Government's "mandating" of outsourcing, not just in
As for the abolition of the OASACS, Lundy said this move showed the
"futility of the outsourcing program". The retention of Alston, Lundy said,
had its "pluses and minuses. For the industry it has been difficult to get
its message through. Because Alston has headed up the department for so
long some of the messages have sunk in, but it has taken a long time."
The former shadow Minister for Finance Lindsay Tanner has been appointed to
the communications portfolio replacing Stephen Smith who has moved to
health and ageing. Tanner is a member of the House of Representatives but
Labor has the support of the Democrats in the Senate to oppose any further
sale of Telstra.
Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.
--Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower