The NSW opposition claims last week’s state budget is unacceptable after the government failed to commit to funding for IT research and further development.
The budget outlined investment in computers and networks for schools, libraries, hospitals and emergency services but nothing for the IT channel.
The government said information and communications technology (ICT) initiatives will be the responsibility of key agencies.
It claims the newly formed Office of Best Practice Information Technology and Corporate Services Reform will provide stronger links to a wide range of e-government initiatives.
Government departments appear to be the big winners in the budget with $26.5 million allocated for an upgrade of the government radio network, the office of fair trading, and government service reforms.
Shadow Minister for Commerce, Chris Hartcher, described the budget as “disappointing to say the least.”
“Not once does the IT sector get a mention [in the budget],” he said.
“There is no separate section for capital works for IT, not a paragraph, not a sentence, not a word.”
Hartcher claimed that since that after the Innovation ministry was disbanded following the March election, the government had not given any funding to IT in the Commerce portfolio.