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Media release – Michael Ferguson, Minister for Science and Technology, 10 September 2020 Oblivious O’Byrne wrong again The Tasmanian Liberal Government is the strongest supporter of the information technology sector and is committed to growing more local ICT jobs, as well as securing the integrity of our digital systems and Government-held data. Our recent release […]

Media release – Michael Ferguson, Minister for Science and Technology, 10 September 2020

Oblivious O’Byrne wrong again

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is the strongest supporter of the information technology sector and is committed to growing more local ICT jobs, as well as securing the integrity of our digital systems and Government-held data.

Our recent release of the state’s inaugural strategy for digital industry and service transformation; Our Digital Future is the first step towards an even more vibrant digital economy and workforce, an enhanced integration of Government services, as well as supporting Tasmanians that are easy to access and use by all Tasmanians who need help to partake in it.

The Our Digital Future strategy builds on the significant investments our Government has already made in helping businesses improve their online platforms with the successful Digital Ready for Business program. The Digital Ready for Daily Life program is also helping our thriving start-up communities turn their bright ideas and concepts into products and services through our investment in the Enterprize start-up hubs in Hobart and Launceston. We have also committed funding to fix mobile blackspots for the benefit of our regional communities.

It is unfortunate that during their time in office the Labor–Green Government critically under-invested in crucial IT services and cyber-security. We will continue to work constructively with our departments, the Federal Government’s Australian Signals Directorate, other jurisdictions and the ICT sector to improve our cyber-security and resilience.

We’ve spent 6 years quietly cleaning up the disastrous cyber risk that the Labor left to us, without any media fuss or attracting the wrong type of attention – for obvious reasons.

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It is the height of irresponsibility for Michelle O’Byrne to claim that the Government is “totally exposed to cyber attack”, in essence laying a bait for malicious actors who would seek to do harm to our state and our people.

State security, including cyber security, has always been seen as above politics to protect the interests of the people of our state.

Growing our ICT industry, skilling our professionals, putting more services online and safeguarding Government assets and civilian data is a massive team effort and Labor need to get on board rather than seek to create yet another scare campaign.


Media release – Michelle O’Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Economic Development, Jobs and ICT, 10 September 2020

Underinvestment puts Tasmania in deep state of ‘un-readiness’

Labor says the chronic underinvestment by this government in technology and communications exposed in today’s Public Accounts Committee should sound alarm bells for Tasmania’s digital future and cyber security.

Shadow Minister for Information, Communication and Technology Michelle O’Byrne said it beggars belief that the government has done so little to equip Tasmania for the digital age.

“The committee heard how Tasmania is ranked behind every other state and territory when it comes to digital readiness and online access, especially for government services.

“Labor supports calls from TasICT to see a clear roadmap from government on how it intends to bring the state and especially government agencies into the 21st century.

“This is holding our state back and we’ve heard nothing from the minister Michael Ferguson on how he intends to lift Tasmania out of this digital hole.

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“Worse still is that the Tasmanian government has left us totally exposed to cyber attack.

“Now more than ever people need to be connected and their information secure.

“Michael Ferguson must detail not just what he plans to do to dig us out of this hole but the funding and timeline to achieve it.”

Source: Tasmanian Times https://tasmaniantimes.com/2020/09/digital-readiness-cybersecurity/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=digital-readiness-cybersecurity

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