Joy (I think). I’m part of Crikey‘s commentary team for Australia’s 2008 Federal Budget to be announced tonight at 7.30pm Sydney time. It’s the first budget for Chairman Rudd’s Labor government, and the first for treasurer Wayne Swan, so it’s bound to interesting.
My role — at least as I understand it, ‘cos I haven’t actually spoken with my editor yet — is to look at it from a geek perspective. That’ll include, I imagine, issues I’ve previously covered for Crikey: Internet censorship, the ABC’s move into Internet TV, social media, the national broadband network…
But what else should I look out for?
When I asked on the Link mailing list, here’s a partial list of the suggestions I got:
- Functional separation of Telstra into wholesale / retail / pay TV entities.
- The laptops for schools program — what hardware? networking? training? maintenance?
- Copyrights & patents, including government-funded enforcement of music copyrights — something the music industry has been lobbying for.
- Assistance for IT startups, both hardware and software.
I’m also wondering just how forward-looking the budget will be. The brain cells are already firing. What can you add to the list?