Re: Why not "the" cloud?
What Turnbull(shit) is missing here is that what is really needed is a Government operated cloud (or datacentre in old World terms) whereby any department can spin up required capacity. An AWS for tax-burdens as it were. The thought of using private sector cloud for Government work leads me to think:
1. Privacy out the window
2. Zero control over what is really going on
3. Taxpayer robbed blind.
What Governments like Australia need is a centralised IT resource that they all chip in for (and can therefore afford to hire people that know what they're doing), that is completely under their control, and that can provide the basic operation of the elastic compute capacity. Provide infrastructure services, backups etc, sort out proper data segregation, correct public facing server settings etc and in a scalable way. But no, most Governments and their departments reinvent the wheel very badly then shout cloud from the rooftops.