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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 22 September 2010) . . Page.. 4254 ..

(b) a major employer in the ACT;

(c) a significant user of power; and

(d) a significant generator of waste;

(2) also notes that the ACT Government:

(a) does not know the whole of government ICT energy use for the ACT;

(b) has not yet developed an ICT sustainability plan;

(c) does not make supporting information available on the web as soon as the relevant consultation is notified in the newspaper, retaining it in a publicly available form, or making it available in the most useful format; and

(d) has not committed to making information available in a timely and effective manner using current ICT infrastructure; and

(3) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) commit to measuring its ICT environmental impact;

(b) expedite the ICT sustainability plan, including consideration of life cycle impacts of ICT;

(c) commit to considering all the actions in the Australian Government’s ICT Quick Wins paper;

(d) commit to making data available on relevant government websites as soon as it is advertised in the media and to ensuring that information is in all appropriate formats and retained while useful to the community;

(e) develop a policy to encourage appropriate telecommuting and teleconferencing; and

(f) report back to the Assembly on these issues by 30 March 2011.

I am very pleased to rise today to speak on this subject, because I guess one of the major points I am going to be making is that the Assembly, and the government behind it, does not, in fact, pay enough attention to the very important issues involved in information and communications technology, which I will, for convenience, in my speech usually refer to as “ICT”. Occasionally I will forget and just say “IT”, because when I first started my IT career—I will admit to being an IT manager before coming to the Assembly—we talked about “IT”, and it is only more recently that we have always talked about “ICT”, as communications have become part of information technology.

I would just like to say that in the debate today I am not attempting to deal with all the very major and relevant issues connected with ICT, in particular, the issues around

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