The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 24 March 15: I spoke to Radio National's Fran Kelly about data retention, media ownership and Joe Hockey's black humour #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.
  • 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: http://www.minister.communications.gov.au/malcolm_turnbull/news/abc_and_sbs_efficiency_study #commsau
  • 3 July 2014: I joined a panel with Henry Ergas and Paul Broad, discussing whether the Commonwealth can drive infrastructure spending.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • The ABC is independent of Government and its management is responsible to the Board of Directors.
  • Australia’s economic prosperity and social wellbeing are increasingly dependent on telecommunications networks and data that flows across them. It is vital that we maintain the security and resilience of these networks in a global environment of increasingly sophisticated national security risks.
  • The Abbott Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme will deliver almost 500 new or upgraded mobile base stations around Australia – 429 Telstra base stations and 70 Vodafone base stations.
  • The Abbott Government will commit $60 million for Round 2 of the successful Mobile Black Spot Programme, with funding available over a two year period from 1 July 2016.
  • The Government is conducting a review of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to ensure the regulator is able to effectively deal with challenges arising from a rapidly changing communications sector.
  • 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.
  • 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 data.gov.au 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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