In December 1993 a new Government in South Australia came to power with a declared policy of outsourcing government information technology. During the term of that government and its successor, over the next eight years, public ICT policy in South Australia went through several phases but essentially settled on a new plateau. This paper reports some of the themes identified by participants in that process, and poses issues for related studies in other Australian jurisdictions, where hypotheses suggested by the South Australian experience can be tested.