The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Previous Minister for Communications

  • Digital Transformation Chief Paul Shetler
    Digital Transformation Chief Paul Shetler
  • Second Reading: Data Retention Bill 2014
    Second Reading: Data Retention Bill 2014
  • The NBN's FTTB Helps Drive Small Business
    The NBN's FTTB Helps Drive Small Business
  • The Van Vuuren Brothers and New Media Models
    The Van Vuuren Brothers and New Media Models
  • The Intergeneration Report and the Future of Communications
    The Intergeneration Report and the Future of Communications
  • 24 March 15: I spoke to Radio National's Fran Kelly about data retention, media ownership and Joe Hockey's black humour #commsau
  • I spoke to the ABC's Mark Colvin about an efficiency study into the ABC and SBS which will ensure the organisations continue to spend public resources as efficiently as possible. The terms of reference for the study are available online here: #commsau
  • 4 Feb 2014: Senator Stephen Conroy mislead listeners of Leon Compton in Tasmania with his claims that the Government gagged contractor Vision Stream and has intentionally slowed the rollout in Tasmania.
  • I spoke to Patricia Karvelas on Radio National about funding public transport, keeping personal details secure, and the launch of Netflix #commsau
  • 25 May 2015: I spoke with RN Drive's Patricia Karvelas on the 2015-16 Federal Budget, counter-terrorism, the Irish referendum on same sex marriage, the SBS and media reform.
  • 11 Dec 2014: I spoke to journalists in a briefing outlining why the move to allow rights holders to go to court to order the blocking of overseas hosted websites that can be shown to be primarily for the purpose of facilitating online copyright infringement.
  • 30 June 2014: I spoke with AFR Editor Michael Stutchbury about Australia's relations in the region, the global economy in the wake of the financial crisis and the ongoing reform prospects in Australia.
  • 31 July 2014: I spoke to the ABC's Chris Uhlmann on AM about the Government's online copyright infringement discussion paper and the violence in Gaza #commsau
  • 3 July 2014: I joined a panel with Henry Ergas and Paul Broad, discussing whether the Commonwealth can drive infrastructure spending.
  • 10 March 2014: On Richard Glover's political forum, we debated media ownership, penalty rates and their impact on workers and recent artist boycotts of the biennale #commsau
  • 16 April 2014: I spoke to JJJ Hack's Tom Tilley and Paul Brooks about progress on the NBN since the new Government took office in September #commsau
  • Australia's media sector today reaffirmed its commitment to the responsible reporting of domestic violence in a round table co-chaired by the Minister for Communications and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women.
  • The Digital Transformation Office (DTO) is calling on Australia’s best tech talent as it embarks on a national recruitment drive to accelerate the pace of digital transformation across the Australian Government.
  • The Government today announced its response to the Spectrum Review undertaken by the Department of Communications, in conjunction with the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
  • NBN Co today released its updated 2016 Corporate Plan showing the company is on track to deliver high-speed broadband to all Australian homes and businesses by 2020.
  • The Australian Government today announced the launch date for the first of two new nbn tm satellites that will provide high-speed broadband to even the most remote areas of Australia.
  • The nbn™ will embark on one of Australia’s largest workforce training initiatives to ensure the network can be rolled out sooner and at less cost to taxpayers.
  • New research conducted by the Australian and United Kingdom Governments shows Australia has high levels of online copyright infringement and reinforces the need for international and industry cooperation to address piracy.
  • The Australian Government has released its draft Migration Assurance Policy on moving to the fixed-line national broadband network (nbn) for public comment.
  • The Government today released a report, prepared by the Department of Communications, on digital radio services in Australia.
  • The Australian Government has appointed Mr Paul Shetler as the Chief Executive Officer for the Digital Transformation Office
  • Australian art, music, literature, film and television are an integral part of our culture and contribute significantly to our economy. These things that we value do not exist without creators.
  • The key to our future economic prosperity – our competitiveness and progress – is, in large part, contingent on our ability to counter some trends and embrace others.
  • When the Suez Canal was opened in 1859, the total cost of the project was around three times that forecast the year before the project started.
  • The key to our future prosperity is to be faster, leaner, more productive, more innovative and more collaborative. Above all to be more agile, to recognise that we are living in the most exciting, dynamic, disruptive time in human history, and that the volatility and unpredictability driven by technology and rapid change must be embraced not ignored.
  • Starting next month, fixed wireless customers will be able to try NBN Co’s improved service offering download data rates of 50 megabits per second and upload rates of 20 megabits per second. This pilot will be available to all consumers on the current 25 megabits per second tier whose retail service providers choose to participate.
  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and US President Barack Obama spoke ahead of their bilateral meeting at the White House, Washington DC
  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has addressed the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC
  • The Government is investing $254.7 million in the Digital Transformation Agenda to drive innovation and make it easier for individuals and businesses to access government services.
  • Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Vivek Kundra, Executive Vice President for Salesforce, have written a joint opinion piece on the Government’s Digital Transformation Office, which was published in The Australian on Tuesday, March 31.
  • Governments hold an extraordinary amount of unique data, collected directly and indirectly in the course of doing our job. It is there. We have it. But there is no point in keeping all that data stored away. It needs to be accessed, analysed, understood, used and reused. Since the Government was elected, the number of datasets available on has increased from 514 to more than 5200: a tenfold increase. Approximately 70 per cent of these open datasets are spatial
  • Australians love their post service and that is why we will introduce sensible reforms to ensure it is viable for future generations.
  • The government is working closely with Australia Post to develop an important reform package, to not only ensure that the letters business of Australia Post can cover its costs, but to also provide additional financial support to licensed post offices as well as ensuring that concession card holders continue to have access to stamps at discounted prices.
  • Government has an important role to play in supporting innovation. We need to get the fundamentals right, to create an environment where there is an incentive for people and business to innovate. This includes balancing the budget and investing in the enablers of productivity and innovation like science, research, education and infrastructure.
  • Labor has criticised the Government’s telecommunications reforms announced on Thursday for including a proposal to replace the National Broadband Network’s current ACCC-regulated prices with ACCC-regulated price caps. Labor claims this will mean broadband users in the bush pay higher prices for the NBN than broadband users in the cities.
  • My old friend Mark Day takes me to task today in The Australian over the NBN.
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