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News - Written by Renai LeMay on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 11:36 - 16 Comments
Qld dumps cabinet ministers’ bags for iPads
The Queensland Government has revealed plans to become the first government in Australia to dump the traditional cabinet briefing bags full of paper documents and issue all of its ministers with iPads instead, for electronic access to the same information.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh told an IT industry lunch yesterday the state would become the “first jurisdiction in Australia to allow ministers to read their cabinet bag via their iPad”. The cabinet bags contain briefing documents issued to ministers to aid them in their work, containing memorandums and reports from departments and other branches of government.
However, Bligh pointed out that Queensland had ministers located throughout the state, with the documents often having to be couriered out to remote locations. The use of iPads as a replacement, the Premier added, would allow ministers located in regional locations to access the documents “much more reliably from home”.
When the state was looking at implementing an iPad-based solution for the problem, Bligh said, it found “there was none”. So a Queensland-based firm, Speedwell eBusiness Solutions, was commissioned to develop a system for the Government. “I’m very confident that we will see other Governments wanting to buy it,” Bligh said, noting the solution that the company had developed was “highly secure”.
The news comes as debate continues to swirl amongst the top levels of the private and public sectors about the extent to which senior executives should be allowed to use their iPads for sensitive corporate and government information consumption and sharing.
ANZ Bank chief information officer Anne Weatherston, for example, told journalists last week that the bank was currently examining its legal position when it came to using the Apple tablets within the bank.
“There are some quirks of Australian commercial law, which I suspect the other banks are not aware of … in the way you use iPads,” the CIO said. “I would be concerned about rolling them out on a wider basis. It’s currently with our board for consideration in terms of how we deploy, and what functionality we allow from the iPad devices.
However, rival banks such as Westpac are known to use the iPad extensively at a board and executive level. The device is being speedily adopted by executives right around Australia, as well as general consumers. In addition, government authorities such as the Defence Signals Directorate have recently flagged their intention to examine Apple’s iOS platform — which runs its iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices — in terms of its security, with a mind to more widely deploying the technology throughout Government.
In 2011, analyst firm Telsyte estimates almost 1.2 million total tablets will ship in Australia in 2011 — with Apple’s share some 852,000 units. That number is almost triple the 400,000-odd tablets that sold in Australia in 2010.
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