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New Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces a “ministry that is ready to engage the future” including a minister for digital government.
A major strengthening of Cabinet — including a new digital government minister — and a bulking up of the industry, science and innovation portfolio, are part of what new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described as a ministry for the 21st century.
Other changes include a major amalgamation of resources and northern Australia, an expansion of education into childcare, and the return of arts to the communications portfolio.
Turnbull has abolished the title of Parliamentary Secretary, renaming them as Assistant Ministers.
Revealing his determination to reshape the Australian Public Service, Turnbull has also created within the Prime Minister’s portfolio an assistant minister for digital government, Mitch Fifield, and a dedicated assistant minister for the public sector, Michaelia Cash. Peter Hendy will also be part of the portfolio ministry, as Assistant Minister for Productivity.
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Tom Burton is publisher of The Mandarin based in Sydney. He has served in various public administration roles, specialising in digital engagement. He was a Walkley Award-winning journalist and executive editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. He worked as Canberra bureau chief for the Australian Financial Review and as managing editor of smh.com.au. He most recently worked at the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
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Actually it’s untrue to write that “In the UK the equivalent of the DTO, the Government Digital Service is
part of the Cabinet office and has gained huge influence from being part
of the central agency.” It has been very sharply de-funded and its leaders have left en-mass. Many have arrived on our shores suggesting that we copy the mistakes. The very fact that it did not “gain huge influence from being part
of the central agency” is a central issue. I am certain that the GDS is no model for Australia to follow. It cannot be that we merely imitate. I hope that we feel confident enough to innovate. We have long believed ourselves to be innovators. Here’s a new opportunity.