Andrew Barr, Deputy Chief Minister of the ACT gave the ACS Conference dinner speech. He commented he had just been suspended from the ACT Assembly for three hours and was happy to have an audience which would not throw home out. He mentioned the Canberra Digital Challenge as an initiative, but I found the first projects for this to be lacking in vision.
The ACT is to launch a digital action plan next month. It is disappointing the ACT Government is taking an outdated party political approach with this plan, where they keep it secret until release date, rather than take the community into their confidence and develop it openly on-line with community input.
The Minister mentioned the $42M budget cut to NICTA as an area of concern. However NICTA has now had many years to demonstrate benefit to the community and that benefit is not clear to me.
It was disappointing the Minister did not mention Innovation ACT or the Inspire Centre at University of Canberra, which are two of their more successful investments.