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Intermedium lays out post-election ICT landscape

by Aleks Vickovich •
Free resource

A gathering of government and industry personnel has heard the implications and opportunities that have arisen from the federal election, at Intermedium’s ICT Signposts post-election briefing at the Boat House by the Lake, Canberra on Thursday 30 September.

The presentation – delivered by Intermedium Managing Director Judy Hurditch and Senior Associates Tim Conway and Murray Harrison – offered additional insight and market analysis to the mainstream media coverage of the election results.

Firstly, attendees were briefed on post-election landscape on the political front.  Specifically, the presentation investigated the results themselves, the agreements that surfaced as a result of the negotiations with the Independents and Greens, the fragility of a hung parliament and historical precedents, and asked whether we are really in a ‘new paradigm’.

The inability for smooth legislative passage was also emphasised.  “If you require legislation, you’re going to have to wait.  It’s going to be a lot more difficult than before to push laws through,” Mr Harrison said.

Attendees were also briefed on new ministerial responsibility allocations and relevant machinery of government changes.  Intermedium provided insight about the background of the newly appointed Special Minister of State Gary Gray and speculated about the direction he may take the ICT functions within his portfolio.

The Gillard Government’s ICT priotities like the National Broadband Network (NBN), e-health and e-education, as well as coalition and Greens ICT policy platforms, were examined.

These political considerations were placed within the context of the electoral and budget cycles.  Furthermore, the impact of the election on contracts, tenders and procurement was mapped and contrasted with previous years. 

Beyond analysis of the post-election situation, the briefing concluded with advice and listed opportunities in the market that have arisen in response.

In particular, attendees were encouraged to think about the potential of National Broadband Network (NBN) enabled projects, and advised to make proposals relevant to the NBN considering its supreme status on the government ICT agenda.

Attendees were to heard to express appreciation of the briefing.  "It's a guarantee that every briefing I attend gives me one or two gems of information I could not find elsewhere.  There is no easier, more cost effective or more enjoyable way to gain the insights that Intermedium provides at these briefings,” said Julianne Loveday, Head of Government Business at SEMA.

Our next briefing with give a thorough overview of the government ICT market in the 2009-10 financial year.  Intermedium will also announce the recipients of the Froggy Awards at this event.

Event Details:

Date: October 28 2010

Time: 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Venue: Hotel Realm, Canberra ACT

  • eHealth
  • Election 2010
  • Federal Government ICT
  • Julia Gillard
  • NBN