The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Minister for Communications

  • 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
  • Google Culture Project Launch in Australia
    Google Culture Project Launch in Australia
  • Reforming Australia Post
    Reforming Australia Post
  • Delivering Government Services in the 21st Century
    Delivering Government Services in the 21st Century
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Patricia Karvelas on Radio National about funding public transport, keeping personal details secure, and the launch of Netflix #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
  • The Government has released a report, prepared by the Department of Communications, on the future directions for spectrum management that outlines recommended changes to improve Australia’s spectrum management framework.
  • The 2015 Budget is part of the Commonwealth Government’s plan to build a strong, safe and prosperous future for all Australians.
  • Transcript of the Minister for Communications The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP interview with Neil Mitchell on 3AW Melbourne, discussing untimed local calls and deregulation.
  • The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee has been appointed today to undertake the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review.
  • NBN Co has today launched commercial fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) products, following a pilot program showing superfast speeds can be delivered.
  • The Government has released the Terms of Reference for the Productivity Commission’s cost-benefit analysis on the best way to deliver a mobile broadband capability for public safety agencies.
  • In response to a recommendation in the ABC and SBS Efficiency Study, and following the government’s announcements on the sustainability of the public broadcasters in November last year, this week the government will introduce the Communications Legislation Amendment (SBS Advertising Flexibility and Other Measures) Bill 2015 to provide the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) with increased flexibility in the scheduling of advertising.
  • The Communications portfolio achieved significant deregulatory reform in 2014. Actions taken in this portfolio in 2014 will generate cumulative annual savings of over $94 million and remove over 3,400 pages of unnecessary regulation.
  • More than 3 million homes around Australia will have access to the next generation of technology available on Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC), or Pay Television networks, from 2017.
  • The Government is progressing its open data agenda with the launch of the Open Data 500 Australia at the Locate15 conference in Brisbane today.
  • 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.
  • Muhammad Ali once boasted he was so fast that he could turn off a light switch and be in bed before it's dark. In the hyper-connected world we are very quickly becoming accustomed to, that feat is not nearly so impressive.
  • We all expect a lot from our national broadcasters. We have every right to – projected expenditure of $6.6 billion over the next five years, after the proposed savings I’ve outlined today, represents a significant commitment by taxpayers to these two organisations by any reasonable measure.
  • The Australian Government, as sole shareholder of the NBN Co, has enabled the company to do what any successful business must do—focus relentlessly on the needs of the customers.
  • 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.
  • In a big step towards Australian children being better protected against cyberbullying and safer when they go online, the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 was introduced in the Commonwealth Parliament today.
  • The Australian taxpayer provides a combined total of nearly $1.4 billion each year to the ABC and SBS to deliver broadcasting and digital media services in line with their respective Charter obligations. The ABC’s budget allocation is more than $1 billion a year. So we are duty bound to repair the Federal Budget and that means raising extra revenue and reducing expenditure.
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