Even though the main parties in Saturday's NSW State Election have not released policies specific to government use of ICT, or support for the ICT industry, they have some policies in this area. However, all parties seem to be a little short on detail.
Australian Computer Society (ACS) recently hosted a debate between representatives of the Liberal Party, Labor and the Greens in which all parties at least alluded to ICT policies.
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Housing and Commerce, Greg Pearce, flagged changes in ICT procurement to make it more outcomes driven. He also announced a plan to create a technology advisory board with representatives to promote dialogue between the private sector and government.
Conceding that the Government had been a "bit clumsy" in the past in its purchase of ICT, John Della Bosca, Minister for Commerce, Finance and Industrial relations, said improvements in the government business environment would benefit the ICT industry. He also identified that innovation needs to be encouraged.
The Greens have identified education and training, equitable broadband access open standards their main issues in relation to ICT.