Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has confirmed the appointment of Ian Walker as the incoming Minister for Science, Information Technology and the Arts. Mr Walker replaces former Minister Ms Ros Bates who was in this role for a year.
Mr Walker held the role of Assistant Minister for Planning Reform since May 2012. He has a background in arts and the law. He has been promoted following his “performance” in the previous role, according to Premier Campbell.
Minister Walker is undertaking a whole-of-government IT audit to “better understand our capabilities and priorities,” says Premier Campbell.
ICT reforms within Queensland’s Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts are being led by Professor Peter Grant. See previous FutureGov Magazine story Peter Grant Earlier, Premier Newman praised Ms Bates for doing an outstanding job under difficult circumstances.
“Unfortunately the demanding role has taken a toll personally and on her health, and she had decided not to risk those issues impacting on the performance of her duties,” he said.
“I commend her for her decision. She has done the right thing by her family, her constituents, and the government.”
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