Turnbull cancels on Internet industry

Turnbull cancels on Internet industry

Summary: Federal Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull cancelled his planned keynote speech at the Internet Industry Association's Sydney gala last night after being called away for other duties in Canberra.


Federal Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull cancelled his planned keynote speech at the Internet Industry Association's Sydney gala last night after being called away for other duties in Canberra.


Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull
(Credit: IIA)

Turnbull, who has a long relationship with the internet industry going back to his role as co-founder and former chairman of OzEmail, which he sold for $57 million to WorldCom in 1999, was in Canberra last night witnessing the Senate reject Kevin Rudd's $42 billion fiscal stimulus proposal.

It was a last minute decision, according to IIA CEP Peter Coroneos, who last night reminded attendees in his opening remarks that Turnbull's attention was focused on what was to be the largest appropriation of non-budget expenditure in the country's history. The opposition leader pulled the plug on the event yesterday morning, leaving the IIA without time to find a replacement. He was extremely disappointed, said Coroneos.

Coroneus emphasised that Turnbull's no-show did not mean any loss of faith. He said Turnbull was an "ardent advocate" of Australia's Internet industry and, through his involvement with OzEmail and web hosting outfit WebCentral Group, remained "an icon" in the internet world, beyond his status in politics.

Also notably missing from the IIA gala night was Minister for Communications Broadband and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy, who had made his debut appearance at the event last year.

The IIA is one of Australia's peak technology bodies, with a broad membership across a number of sectors interested in promoting laws and initiatives which boost the internet as a medium in Australia.

Topics: Browser, Broadband, Telcos, Tech Industry

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  • Of course Conroy couldn't come

    No surprise that Conroy didn't have the guts to front up. He'd have to explain himself or be booed off the stage. Problem is, the silly booger can't justify his filtering scheme and he knows very well that it will haunt him for as long is he entertains the implementation of such a thing.
  • Conroy no show = self preservation

    I think being booed off stage would have been the least harsh reception he could have expected. A bullet proof jacket would not have been enough.
  • Be very afraid Mr. Conroy.

    A hostile reception for Senator Conroy and his filter plan will be sunday school stuff if he decides to destroy Telstra and donate its plant and equipment to foreign owned companies.
  • destroy telstra

    hey, now thats a great idea Sydney! That would fix everything and allow everything to move forward with certainty.
  • The difficulty here is explain to those who do not understand ala the three Amigos that Australia due to the vast distances in the bush will always be better served by wireless Broad Band.
    And unless your a business or a fanatical Broad Band user you would be very happy with the Broad Band we now have remember domestic users were getting by with dial up and many still do.

    So here we go again the average Australian working Tax Payer funding business yet again a few new hospitals not to mention dental care for pensioners would be nice.
  • Exactly why, when the NBN was first announced, 90% was fibre to the easier, more populated areas and wireless/satellite for the remainder... GBE

    However as mentioned before, other wasteful areas could be trimmed to accommodate the NBN and probably more hospitals too (keeping in mind we currently spend $56.88B per year on health already).

    Again... trim the governance fat ($92.86B per year!!!) by just 3.5% per year and in eight years we will have an NBN (according to McKinsey/KPMG). Trim it by 5% and in the same time we would also have an additional 11 hospitals, if the $1b Tony Abbott promised Hobart, is a gauge of cost per hospital.

    In all we have a budget of around $300B per year and the NBN will cost a little over 1% per year for 8 years. As an analogy, say you are on $75 000 p.a. it's like you paying $750 per year.

    Not really breaking the bank, when you are creating jobs and your final product will have a ROI through clientele and/or can be sold!