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The NBN and a Brief Reality Check

Our commitment to completing and having regard to a cost benefit analysis of the NBN is undiminished

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15th April 2014  |  Comments  |  Blog

Mobility Drives Productivity

While debate about fixed line networks and the NBN dominates political and public policy discussions about communications in this country, the amazing contribution of mobile wireless to productivity and our standard of living has gone largely under the radar.

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3rd April 2014  |  Comments  |  Blog

March eNews

In the lead up to this year’s budget, it is worth reflecting on the heavy task ahead for the new Government and our key achievements to date.  The mid-year financial outlook revealed that the Budget is in a much worse state than Labor had forecast: If left unchanged, the Commonwealth Government would be heading to combined deficits of $123 billion over the next four years.  That is why the key priority of the Coalition Government has been to get our budgetary house back in order.

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31st March 2014  |  Comments  |  Blog

What do you think about changes to the Racial Discrimination Act - exposure draft seeks consultation

Proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act -what do you think about them?

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27th March 2014  |  Comments  |  Blog, Media Releases

Speech to Parliament: Regulation Repeal Day Measures

The pressures on the regulatory arrangements and the negative impact of outdated regulation on the communications sector will only increase. So we are reviewing every piece of legislation and regulation across the sector.

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26th March 2014  |  Comments  |  Blog

Australian Knights and the Republic

Australian republicans should not lose too much sleep over Mr Abbott’s announcement about Knights and Dames today

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25th March 2014  |  Comments  |  Blog

Is it possible to have a rational discussion on twitter? The NBN and the outrage.

Is it possibleto have civil discussion on twitter?

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21st March 2014  |  Comments  |  Blog

Turning Australia Into a Start-Up Nation

There has been some heated debate about Australia’s ability to create an ecosystem that will foster the next generation of start-ups in Australia.  The debate on start-ups is now much deeper, much more sophisticated than we were having even five years ago – and the main beneficiary of that are those budding entrepreneurs who are still deciding whether it’s worth quitting their day job to try and commercialise their latest ideas.

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20th March 2014  |  Comments  |  Blog

Australia is committed to a multi-stakeholder system of Internet governance

The US Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has announced its intention to end its contractual involvement with ICANN and it asked ICANN to convene the global Internet community to develop a proposal to transition away from the current US Government centred model of governance.

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15th March 2014  |  Comments  |  Blog

Regional Broadcasting: Safeguards Will Protect Local Television Content

There has been some political controversy lately about the ‘Reach Rule’– the regulation that no media company can own broadcast licences in areas covering more than 75% of the Australian population. Everyone is concerned that regional communities around Australia have access to news, presented by journalists that understand their local area, their people and their issues.

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13th March 2014  |  Comments  |  Blog