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Displaying items by tag: Julia Gillard

When it comes to Governments, one never knows how far away tyranny will follow, with Australia's NBN promising to solve the country 'tyranny of distance' problem with a tyranny of debt.

Published in Fuzzy Logic

Over the past month, it seems as if the National Broadband Network and NBN Co, the company charged with making it happen, have been hit by a cyclone. With its greatest champion, the federal government, on the ropes over a number of issues, can the NBN weather the storm?

Published in Beerfiles
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 16:51

Australians split on NBN following floods

Opposition leader Tony Abbott's suggestion that the NBN should be scrapped following Queensland's flood crisis has divided Australian opinion, a new survey shows.

Published in Home Tech

The Gillard Government has started 2011 facing a barrage of criticism from the Opposition over alleged ties between NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley, CFO Jean-Pascal Beaufret and Alcatel, which won an $85 million contract with NBN Co last June.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Saturday, 04 December 2010 20:43

Wikileaks is the future arrived early

With Julian Assange facing charges of rape and the Wikileaks site under attack, it's not surprising that the coverage has missed something significant. Information privacy is fast becoming a thing of the past.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 20:49

Turnbull telco reform changes defeated

House independents have voted with the Government to defeat proposed ammendments to telecommunications reforms put forward by shadow communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 16:18

Gillard brands Turnbull plan as 'SlowCo'

The Prime Minister Julia Gillard has branded Coalition broadband policy that would create a wholesale-only company called CanCo and guarantee all Australians access to 12Mbps as "SlowCo," saying it would lead to less competition and slower speeds.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 21:47

We aren't blocking Telstra reforms: Turnbull

In an apparent shift from its pre-election position, the federal Opposition says it is generally supportive of proposed telecommunications regulatory reform, and has flatly rejected accusations that it is trying to block progress toward improved broadband services.

Published in Technology Regulation
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 15:01

Telstra wants fast passage of telco reforms

Telstra has called for the swift passage of telecommunications reforms introduced to Parliament today, legislation that includes provisions for the structural separation of the company.

Published in Technology Regulation
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 00:05

Gillard brings forward Telstra reform bill

Coalition calls for a full Productivity Commission cost-benefit analysis of the $43 billion National Broadband Network was simply a delaying tactic from an Opposition "determined to wreck" the project, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.

Published in Technology Regulation
Monday, 18 October 2010 17:48

NBN helps stop 'export of jobs': Gillard

Australia risked losing jobs to offshore markets if it failed to invest in the National Broadband Network as a critical piece of economic infrastructure, Julia Gillard has told Parliament.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Today Prime Minister Julia Gillard and IBM Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Glen Boreham announced a new global research and development lab to be based at the University of Melbourne, creating 150 jobs and tackling Australian national concerns. The NBN is cited as a major drawcard.

Published in Development
Thursday, 30 September 2010 19:53

Smart technology for problem gamblers: PM

The Government will investigate the use of a variety of "pre-commitment" technologies, including the possible use of a biometric fingerprint, to help track and curb the losses of problem gamblers, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said.

Published in Technology Regulation
Friday, 24 September 2010 17:31

Lundy to prime PM's Gov 2.0 engine

The technology sector's profile got a big promotion within the Gillard Government when ACT Senator Kate Lundy was elevated into a Parliamentary Secretary role. It's in her nature these days, it seems, she takes the industry with her wherever she goes.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 22:24

Gillard takes on more ICT and Gov 2.0 work

The Governor General Quentin Bryce;s administrative arrangements order issued with the swearing in of Ministers confirms the expanded role of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in the coordination of tech sector issues.

Published in Technology Regulation
Monday, 20 September 2010 13:21

NBN is no Snowy Mountains scheme: Turnbull

Opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull says the Snowy Mountains Scheme was given "rigorous analysis and public debate" over several years before construction began, and could not be compared to the National Broadband Network project as Julia Gillard claims.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Thursday, 16 September 2010 13:42

NBN: Players ready in high-stakes game

With the announcement this week of the Gillard Cabinet and Tony Abbott's shadow ministry, we now know who the players are in what will be a hard-fought battle over the National Broadband Network implementation. But we have still to learn how the game will be played.

Published in The Big House
Sunday, 12 September 2010 08:42

Conroy keeps Comms, Lundy advises PM

In a major boost for the sector, the Prime Minister Julia Gillard has signalled a hands-on role for herself in fostering "digital productivity," and appointed Stephen Conroy and Kate Lundy to assist her in the role.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Friday, 10 September 2010 18:51

Gillard Cabinet: My two-bits worth

In all the speculation about the likely make-up of the Gillard Cabinet, there is one sure thing: Stephen Conroy will retain the Communications portfolio. And that's a good thing for the sector, which will no doubt welcome the continuity.

Published in The Big House
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 19:00

Broadband defines Labor's 2010 election win

The Australian technology sector will get its fibre-to-the-home National Broadband Network after the two remaining undecided rural independent MPs threw their support behind Julia Gillard and the ALP to form the next Federal Government.

Published in Government Tech Policy
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