Australian Computer Society
Report on visit to West Australia by ACS President
This is to report on my visit to West Australia 23 to 25 May 1996. The original purpose of the visit was to
chair the Annual General Meeting of the ACS. The AGM is a
brief and formal affair. To take advantage of my visit to Perth I gave some talks, ran a workshop and
met some WA IT policy people:
Networking the Nation
Kerry Smith, Lecturer,
at the Department of Information Studies,
Curtin University of Technology read of my visit on the
LINK mailing list and invited me to talk to her students about my work with the Internet at Defence.
Information Studies is what hi-tech librarians study now and there is increasing convergence between the
work which IT people do on making information accessible and what librarians do.
After the talk to Information Studies I dropped in on
Dennis Moore, Head of the School of Computing and chair of the WA Government's
Information Policy Council. Then was
interviewed at Radio 6NR Perth, which is located on the
Curtin Campus and Kerry took me for coffee and cake by the Swan River.
- Kerry Smith
- Jan Partridge reading the ACS WA Magazine.
- The crowd at the talk (no really its the people in the very small library lift, trying to get out afterwards).
- Quick visit to Dennis Moore.
- Being interviewed at Radio 6NR Perth (6NR is located on the Curtin Campus).
- Cake after the talk.
- The view the cake had of the Perth skyline.
Serious Business on the Internet
Before leaving Canberra, I issued a media release
"Internet, not sackings, to cut government costs", suggesting that
the Internet could be used for more efficient Government and business in
Australia. The ACS WA Branch arranged for me to give a workshop on
Friday morning, so I could expound my views on using the Internet for business. Also I attended
a breakfast meeting of the ACS WA Marketing Subcommittee.
In the afternoon I met with Bjorn Gillgern, Director,
State Telecommunications Management Unit, WA Government and staff. They are charting an
interesting path for the state's IT, under
the direction from Dennis's policy council. This has some differences to the
South Australian model.
- Barry Houghton, ACS WA Professional Activities Manager
- Breakfast meeting of the ACS WA Marketing Subcommittee
Accessing the Networked Nation
The AGM took about ten minutes and Tony Lightman, ACS WA Chairman opening the Branch Meeting,
introduced my talk. To demonstrate that the ACS doesn't just talk about on-line
technology for the benefit of the Australia, but actually uses it, I issued a
media release via the Internet "live on stage" about our involvement in
One of the topics I covered in my talk was Internet regulation, however this is not as topical in Perth
as it is in Sydney, where a
March Against NSW Proposed Legislation
is being held tomorrow.
- Dennis Street, ACS VP
- Three senior ACS members at the AGM
- Tony Lightman, ACS WA Chairman opening the Branch Meeting
- The audience applauding the speaker.
- Lunch at the beach the next day
ACS Management Committee meeting
On Saturday morning I chaired an ACS Management Committee meeting (any
volunteers to formulate the ACS position on the future of Australian IT
R&D?) and had lunch at the beach.
My plane left for Canberra at 6:30am and I am typing this in mid air.
Its been a busy few days, but worthwhile, for the ACS and myself.
West Australia has a very active ACS branch and vigorous IT industry.
Tom Worthington MACS
President of the Australian Computer Society
26 May 1996
- Media Release: Computer Society to Push Australian IT in South
East Asia, 24th May 1996
- Media Release: Internet, not sackings, to cut government costs
says computer society president, 19 May 1996
- Serious Business on the Internet, 9:00am, Friday 24 May 1996, Perth
- Accessing the Networked Nation, 5:30pm, 24 May 1996, Perth
- Networking the Nation, Thursday 23rd May 1996, Perth
- Other talks by the ACS President
- ACS Home Page
- SEARCC96: http://www.acs.org.au/news/searcall.htm
- ACS West Australian Branch
- Tom Worthington's Home Page
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