Minister Malcolm Turnbull has revealed his new ministry, with Senator Mitch Fifield becoming the new
Fifield, who was Assistant Minister for Social Services, takes over from Turnbull who quit as Communications Minister last week and overthrew Tony Abbott in becoming Prime Minister.
new comms minister has been welcomed by Internet Australia, the peak
body representing Internet users, with CEO Laurie Patton calling
for the new minister to take bold actions to get Australia
more involved in the global digital economy.
having a Communications Minister with a ‘tech savvy’ Prime Minister
will see things change and there’ll be a greater focus on digital
innovation,” Internet Australia’s CEO, Laurie Patton, said in a
also called for the new minister to re-assess the data retention
and website blocking laws that were passed under former PM Tony
Data Retention Act urgently requires attention. It is timed to
commence on October 13th and yet many ISP’s are still
struggling to understand their obligations under this legislation we
say is fundamentally flawed.
“We still have no idea
how the funding allocated to this initiative will be distributed. In
any case, it is well short of the likely actual operating costs which
means Internet consumers will be hit with increased user fees.
is clear evidence that the best way to eliminate ‘piracy’ is for the
rights holders to make their content available timely and at a
reasonable cost to consumers. Site blocking is a very blunt
weapon that has the potential to damage the way the Internet
also announced Christopher Pyne, who was Education Minister, as the
new Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.
Turnbull said at a doorstop interview in Canberra today that there needs to be
more collaboration between primary research, universities and
actually the second worst in the OECD, so it is, that is a
very, very important priority to make a change to that,”
have to make sure that people understand that we have the
values, the character, the commitment, the intellect, the
imagination to be able to grasp the future, seize
are living in a world that has been transformed in a very
short period of time by science.
have to be a government – and we are a government, we will
be a government – for the future. That is critical.”