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Feb 182013
Ian Walker

Ian Walker MP

State Member for Mansfield Ian Walker has been appointed to the Queensland Government Cabinet, as Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, following the resignation of Ros Bates last week.

Like Ms Bates, Mr Walker does not have a background in Information Technology. Before being elected to Government he was a partner at legal firm Norton Rose.

State Premier Campbell Newman says: “Ian has the ability, experience and passion to be a strong Minister and his appointment is well deserved.”

“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.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gen is the Founder of Carindale Connect (started in 2007). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology and an internship from ABC Online. She's involved in a number of web projects, was the Website Manager for Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD and the Editor of Wotnews (Australian news aggregator and search engine start-up). She also spent some time as a volunteer Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Gen now lives in Carindale. She loves her bicycle (but doesn't do lycra), the environment and art.
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