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Western Australia's 'ambitious' new digital strategy to carry it through to 2025

ZDNet

The government of Western Australia has set itself a four-year plan for digital reform. The minister responsible for innovation and IT Don T Punch believes Western Australia should be at the forefront of digital change globally. He said the Digital Strategy for the Western Australian Government 2021-2025 will change the way the community interacts with government. The strategy [PDF] supersedes the DigitalWA: Western Australian Government ICT Strategy 2016-20, which the government considers laid the foundations for it to now "reimagine the role of digital in how government serves people, businesses, and communities". The new strategy is centred on four priorities: Better services, informed decisions, safe and secure, and digitally inclusive.


Federal government refreshes digital transformation strategy and expands cyber hub trial

ZDNet

The federal government has released an updated digital government strategy as part of its goal to make Australia one of the top three digital governments in the world by 2025. It has been working on the refresh for more than a year, and the culmination of consultation is an updated 28-page digital government strategy. Under the strategy, the government has set out three priorities for its services in trying to achieve that goal. These priorities are making all government services digitally available, easily accessible, and people and business-centric. The updated priorities do not steer far from those in the government's previous digital strategy, which had set out priorities of making government easier to deal through the adoption of myGovID and informing citizens about government's use of data.


Tasmanian government begins finance system shift to the cloud

ZDNet

The Tasmanian government is undertaking a state-wide digital industry and service transformation after it published a strategy in March that focuses on the community, the economy, and the government. The objectives under the government header were to implement securely-managed government information and technology systems that are able to support efficient, joined-up public services; make evidence-led policy decisions; have a skilled and capable government workforce that are digital savvy; and consume cloud-based services. "As the Tasmanian government's first strategy for digital transformation, Our Digital Future articulates a strong commitment to helping and inspiring Tasmanian people, businesses, industries, and government agencies through the initial, foundation-building phase," the strategy [PDF] explained. "Digital maturity means much more than embracing new technologies: It is an ongoing process of seeking out, adopting, and encouraging new ways of doing things, challenging and changing conventional practices. It means innovating to remove unnecessary costs and activities. It means putting citizens at the heart of everything we do."


Judge Andrew Napolitano: San Francisco violates NRA's freedom of speech under Constitution

FOX News

Judge Napolitano's Chambers: Whatever one thinks of the NRA, the government has no business condemning it. In 1791, when Rep. James Madison was drafting the first 10 amendments to the Constitution -- which would become known as the Bill of Rights โ€“ he insisted that the most prominent amendment among them restrain the government from interfering with the freedom of speech. After various versions of the First Amendment had been drafted and debated, the committee that he chaired settled on the iconic language: "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech." Madison insisted upon referring to speech as the freedom of speech, not for linguistic or stylistic reasons, but to reflect its pre-political existence. Stated differently, according to Madison โ€“ who drafted the Constitution as well as the Bill of Rights โ€“ because the freedom of speech preexisted the government, it does not have its origins in government.


NBN AU$19.5b loan will improve Budget position: Communications Department

ZDNet

The unexpected AU$19.5 billion loan by the Australian government to the National Broadband Network (NBN) company will improve the government's fiscal position, the Department of Communications has said, with NBN adding that it could have raised its debt privately, but that the government loan had "more acceptable terms". When asked by Senator Sam Dastyari during Senate Estimates on Friday how the decision will affect the fiscal position of the government, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said there will be no impact on the Commonwealth's net debt. "There will be a positive impact on the Commonwealth Budget on underlying cash balance, and no impact on government net debt," Fifield said. "The government will get a return ... there's gross debt, there's net debt, but there won't be an increase in net debt." When queried by Dastyari as to how this could be the case, Fifield deferred to deputy secretary for the Department of Communications Ian Robinson.