Labor raids IT piggybank to grease election promises
Robbing Peter to pay Paul. Or something
Labor will cut Australia's IT budget to pay for election pledges.
This is how it will work. The Gillard government expects to save more than $1bn over four years through better procurement practices introduced by the IT efficiency expert Peter Gershon in 2008.
The savings were to be "quarantined" to fund new IT projects. But Labor will, if returned to power, spend $448m on other stuff.
That still leave $557m of taxpayers' money that was unavailable before the Gershon reforms for IT projects. Government departments can apply for a slice of this to fund pet programs.
Link: Australian IT
Re: Stealth geo-targeting horrible, you should write an article about yourselves
Relax - we have done this with two articles, and we may do this with two or three more - this is additional content for Australia, not content suppressed for Australia. In other words, all other stories produced by The Register appear as usual.
As I said, this is an experiment. In our experience, except where stories about local phone and TV companies are concerned, IT pros have a fairly global news agenda.
Re: Surely a little context...
Hello there, thanks for the feedback.
We are running a short term experiment with some localised content in Australia - and geo-targeting publication on the front page. Obviously, the story goes out on RSS everywhere.
So I am interested in where you saw this article.
Nice, geo-targeted story for soon to be redundant IT blokes
Well, that'll be mean "moving forward" by using more government contracted curry munchers on dodgy 457 visas.
Looks like the "other stuff" the Ranga will spend the money on is redundancy pay for Aussies who won't work $12.50/hr.
@Drewc: I noticed the Oz flag sitting up on the right of the Reg banner,
couldn't figure out what it was doing there until I read your comment.