Australia gives a good idea of what is possible. As with the UK, it accepts tax returns online and most are submitted this way via people's accountants. Australia has well-developed government sites, and an interesting and fairly successful public-private partnership site, at www. maxi. com. au, through which state transactions can be made and utility bills paid. The A$10m site was not funded by the government, but the state is charged between 80c and A$2 for each bill paid this way. Australia has made strides in e-health, taking a stand on legacy systems and linking up isolated hospitals across its huge land mass.