Senator Lundy has long been mooted for a technology-specific role in federal government, after holding shadow roles in IT between 1998 and 2004. She continued to champion technology issues and consult on key policies since Labor gained office in 2007.
Ovum research director Kevin Noonan said Senator Lundy's new role indicated a conscious move to discuss more in technology than just the national broadband network. "The time has well and truly come for us to widen the discussion beyond a narrowly-focused discussion on pipes," he said.
"They can't just keep pushing that single argument going into the next election because we'd be then just talking about how fast and how cheaply people can run cable."
He said the government should use the opportunity to moving discussions on innovation and productivity away from broadband access and wage cuts.
Suzanne Campbell, chief executive of technology lobby group the Australian Information Industry Association, said she expected greater focus on discussions around the digital economy.
"Kate's experience, particularly in working with ICT and innovation over many years, in many roles, means she genuinely understands effective industry and innovation policy is critical to driving and sustaining the economy," she said.
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