The Age ITPro: Public services need competition, not cuts, NICTA recommends
The nation's peak ICT research body is urging Australian governments to lift their lagging digital services, with a list of recommendations analysts say could have lessened recent public sector job cuts such as those seen at the ABC this week.
In a white paper to be launched on Wednesday by Malcolm Turnbull's parliamentary secretary Paul Fletcher, National ICT Australia (NICTA) says the private sector must be allowed to facilitate people's access to government services online.
The "service broker" model would effectively turn government into a wholesaler of public services, with non-government organisations competing to deliver access to services such as Medicare and Centrelink.
Bill Bradley of Hornsby honoured at 2014 National Disability Awards
Federal Member for Bradfield Paul Fletcher MP has congratulated Bill Bradley from Hornsby on receiving the Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Disability at the 2014 National Disability Awards.
Mr Fletcher said Mr Bradley was praised by judges for his efforts as a role model and teacher and for advocating so strongly for the rights of people with disability in being able to participate in many varied sporting arenas.
Speech to the FutureGov Summit
The impressive roll up at today’s FutureGov Summit is powerful evidence of how much energy is going into using information technology to transform government.
It is hugely important – and something the Abbott Government is strongly committed to.
It is my privilege to kick off proceedings by speaking about government online service delivery – and in doing so I would like to start with the question of what citizens expect of government. Next I want to talk about the typical way that governments respond; and thirdly highlight an alternative strategy in which – shockingly – government does not try to do everything itself.
Fletcher Congratulates Barry O’Farrell On A Job Well Done
'I congratulate Barry O’Farrell on a job well done,' said Paul Fletcher Member for Bradfield, responding to Mr O'Farrell's announcement that he will step down as Member for Ku-ring-gai at the next state election.
'Barry O’Farrell served the people of NSW and Ku-ring-gai with distinction in an outstanding political career.
Bradfield boosted through local government grants
Payments to councils in Bradfield are being made under the Australian Government Financial Assistance Grant programme.
Federal Member for Bradfield, Paul Fletcher, said the Australian Government is providing $2.3 billion in quarterly payments to local councils nationwide in 2014-15.