Deputy PM is Australia's new communications minister

Deputy PM is Australia's new communications minister

Summary: Australian Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has picked up the communications and broadband portfolio in the lead-up to the election.


New Australian Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will also be the minister for communications in the new government led by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, following Stephen Conroy's snap resignation last week.

In announcing the new-look ministry this morning, Rudd said that Albanese will pick up the communications and broadband portfolio in addition to his existing portfolios of transport and infrastructure.

Albanese, who became deputy prime minister following Rudd's return to the Labor leadership last week, has been responsible for answering questions on the communications portfolio in the House of Representatives on Conroy's behalf for the past few years.


"This is a large set of responsibilities for a man with a prodigious work ethic and a heart for all Australia. He will do the job well. He will help keep the nation's arteries going," Rudd said.

"Without properly functioning national infrastructure, the roads, rails and ports which have served us well in the past and which we must continue to invest in the future. The new infrastructure; our National Broadband Network, NBN."

Albanese will now be in charge of advocating the National Broadband Network (NBN) policy against shadow communications minister Malcolm Turnbull in the lead-up to the election. While former Prime Minister Julia Gillard had set the election date for September 14, Rudd has indicated that he may not stick to that date.

High-profile backbencher Ed Husic did not get a ministry role as part of the reshuffle, but today picked up the roles of parliamentary secretary to the prime minister and parliamentary secretary for broadband.

Cunningham MP Sharon Bird will become the minister for regional communications.

Kim Carr has returned to the Cabinet as the minister for industry, innovation, science, and higher education.

Kate Lundy has been shifted out of the sport portfolio and will be the minister for multicultural affairs, and will pick up the roles of the minister assisting for industry and innovation and for the digital economy.

While many ministers resigned in the wake of Rudd's return as prime minister, those who remained largely retain the same portfolios, with Mark Dreyfus staying on as attorney-general, and Penny Wong remaining as finance minister under new treasurer Chris Bowen.

Topics: NBN, Government, Government AU


Armed with a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Journalism, Josh keeps a close eye on the telecommunications industry, the National Broadband Network, and all the goings on in government IT.

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  • Logical pick I suppose

    Since he's been Conroy's delegate in the lower house all this while. Does he know anything about the subject, or is that too much to expect?
    • Logical Pick

      He probably knows somewhat more than Tony's pick. (Thank god I spelt that correctly). At least he will attend the briefing for the portfolio.
  • love it

    love the video clip lol
    Mark S-8ff5e
  • MT's pre-1910 plan may be out of the bag...

    Perhaps MT plans on saving money by bypassing Telstra's copper... and using the, err, iron wires ;)
    • Pre 1910

      Nah! MT has plans to get around the rotten copper, he is going on the best advice of Alan Jones to set up direct laser shots to each premises from the node, of course this will be a premium service so you will pay up big for the laser receiving dish which will be actually quite small considering the number of nodes that will have to be installed, at least one every one hundred metres, there will of course be a new bylaw punishable by fine or being blinded, of deliberately climb 4 metres to impede a laser path.
  • The biggest muppet of all

    These are serious times, we need serious people.

    Or maybe some other dialogue from a movie. How this guy can even show his face in public is amazing.

    Bottom of the barrel has been reached.
    • in Serious Times...

      It is my firm belief that the original concept of iron to the node is both faster & cheaper when all that's required to connect to the node then is some tin cans & string.
      • Another day hard at it eh RS?

        How is the turd polishing going today? Buffed it to a shine yet?
  • Albanese as new communications minister is largely irrelevant when Turnbull is bringing a knife to a gunfight;-)
    Hubert Cumberdale
    • If anyone knows about irrelevant

      It would be you Hubert
        Hubert Cumberdale
        • That all you got?

            Hubert Cumberdale
          • I have never looked at your link

            So post it all you want I will never see it.

            Talk about irrelevant...
            Hubert Cumberdale