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ICT industry support Victorian government reshuffle

ICT industry support Victorian government reshuffle

Theo Theophanous appointed ICT Minister

Following the surprise resignation of Victorian Premier, Steve Brack, the ICT industry has welcomed this week's Cabinet reshuffle with Theo Theophanous taking on the role of ICT Minister.

Premier John Brumby's Cabinet reshuffle was today welcomed by the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).

The association's CEO, Sheryle Moon, welcomed Theo Theophanous to the ICT portfolio, replacing Tim Holding.

"We welcome the opportunity to work with Theo Theophanous, who is a very experienced Victorian Government Minister," Moon said.

Theophanous has had a wide range of portfolios including energy, resources, state development, major projects, consumer affairs and small business.

"The AIIA is also pleased that ICT is still recognised in its own right within the Minister's new portfolio. This consolidation carries with it a number of real benefits to the ICT industry," Moon said.

AIIA also welcomed the appointment of Gavin Jennings as Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Innovation.

"Mr Brumby has acknowledged the crucial role of innovation in environmental issues, and AIIA is committed to working with Minister Jennings to ensure that our industry finds some of the solutions to the challenges of climate change," she said.

The AIIA's Victorian branch chair, Ron Gauci, said the ICT industry has a strong working relationship with the Victorian government which was established under former Minister Marsha Thompson.

"It is vitally important that the ICT industry in Victoria continues to be nurtured and recognised for its significant contributions to productivity growth and the economy," Gauci said.

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