Wednesday, 01 June 2022 23:37

Michelle Rowland is the new Federal Minister for Communications

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Australia has a new Federal Minister for Communications in Michelle Rowland, the ALP member for Greenway in Sydney's northwest.

Rowland has held the seat since 2010 and while she has never held a Federal ministry position previously, she comes to the role with prior experience as Shadow Minister for Communications, and with pre-political experience as a senior telecommunications lawyer with the law firm Gilbert + Tobin.

Rowland has also served as a local councillor and deputy Mayor of Blacktown, and a Director of the Western Sydney Area Health Service.

Rowland was sworn into the job on Wednesday morning before attending the first full Albanese ministry meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Rowland now has the task of implementing the Labor party's NBN commitments which include upgrades to see 90% of Australians in the fixed-line footprint able to order gigabit speeds by 2025.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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