blog Following the resignation of Ros Bates last week, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has appointed Ian Walker to replace Bates as the state’s Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts. One of Walker’s first responsibilities will be to examine ICT operations across the whole of the state government. Did we mention that Walker appears to have no experience dealing with information technology, given his extensive background as a 35-year veteran of law firm Norton Rose? Great. We’re sure he will be stellar at the post.
I mean, it’s not like Queensland has had a running series of IT project and service delivery disasters or anything. We’re sure Walker’s personal interests in classical music and rugby league will aid him greatly in the role. Anyway, here’s the media release:
“Premier Campbell Newman has announced the appointment of Ian Walker to the Queensland Government Cabinet, as Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.
The Premier said Mr Walker had deserved his promotion to Cabinet after performing strongly in his role as the Assistant Minster for Planning Reform. “Ian has the ability, experience and passion to be a strong Minister and his appointment is well deserved,” Mr Newman said. “Ian has successfully led the government’s planning reform agenda that has seen local government further empowered and red-tape cut.
“As Minister, Ian will play an important role in overseeing initiatives to drive the arts sector across the state and ensure the arts is accessible for all Queenslanders. He will also drive the whole-of-government IT audit to better understand our capabilities and priorities and avoid another $1.2 billion health payroll Labor Party debacle.”
Mr Walker said he was particularly excited at the prospect of once again being deeply involved in Queensland’s arts scene. “I have had a long association and love of the arts. As Minister I want to see all aspects of our lively arts scene – from high culture to broad community participation – given the exposure and support it deserves,” Mr Walker said.
Ian is the Member for Mansfield. He has a distinguished career in the legal sector, having worked in a prominent Queensland law firm since 1976 and becoming a partner in 1984. That firm has grown to become one of the world’s 10 largest law firms. Ian was Managing Partner of the Brisbane Office. Active in Queensland’s Arts scene, Ian chaired the Board of Queensland’s successful chamber orchestra the “Camerata of St John’s” between 2007 and 2011.”
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