ATUG awards night: Party photos

ATUG awards night: Party photos

Summary: ACCC officials with glasses of wine, a golden medal for Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and a few faux pas: the annual awards night of the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (ATUG) had it all.

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  • His smile never left his face. Perhaps he had an inkling of what was to come...

    (Credit: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet.com.au)

  • Macquarie Telecom David Tudehope was supposed to get up and give a speech, but the crowd had to take off their glasses and clean them when Chris Greig, group executive telco business, carrier and legal, stepped up to the stage instead. His first words were "I'm not David Tudehope".

    Once that was cleared up, he could continue. It turned out that Tudehope was caught in traffic and Greig had been notified via email that he was the next cab off the rank and needed to step into the breach.

    (Credit: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet.com.au)

  • Just when the crowd thought all the awards were given, suddenly there was one more: the Charles Todd Medal winner for Communicator of the Year. (Charles Todd directed the construction of the Adelaide-Darwin telegraph).

    Apparently the winner had been kept closer to the chest than the NBN announcement, so when Stephen Conroy took the prize he looked genuinely flabbergasted.

    He won, according to ATUG, for "seeking input from feisty and fearless friends", improving levels of customer service by working with industry, developing Australia's digital economy, working through platforms, policies, opportunities and obstacles and supporting campaigns seeking fairer outcomes for users.

    (Credit: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet.com.au)

Topics: Government AU, Government, Tech Industry

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  • ATUG awards night: Party photos

    He won, according to ATUG, for "seeking input from feisty and fearless friends", improving levels of customer service by working with industry, developing Australia's digital economy, working through platforms, policies, opportunities and obstacles and supporting campaigns seeking fairer outcomes for users.

    I'd say mr Conroy has done the exact opposite, striving to ignore all evidence, belittling any who disagree, attempting to apply political pressure to stop comment and refusing to communicate with the IT industry or voters, all the while attempting to introduce an ill conceived plan to bring Australia into line with Chinese internet censorship policy and destroy the Australian information economy.
    anonymous
  • Conroy gets an award for communication?

    Isn't this a bit early for April 1st?
    anonymous
  • A joke right?

    Surely this is some kind of joke??
    anonymous
  • If Conroy deserves a medal for 'Communicator of the Year'

    ...then Robert Mugabe is overdue for a Nobel Prize in Economics.
    anonymous