So Senator Stephen Conroy is indeed back as part of the Labor shadow cabinet, but not in the role of Shadow Communications Minister and professional NBN expert. In the newly-announced shadow cabinet, he takes the role of minister for defence, as well as deputy leader of the Opposition in the Senate. So who gets the communications role and can look forward to parliamentary arguments with Malcolm Turnbull? The answer is . . .
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Broadband — in the shape of the National Broadband Network (NBN) — remains a key point of difference between Labor and the Coalition's policies going into the federal election. Our politicians are not paying lip service when it comes to these differences. There are significant variations in cost, in delivery types, in download and upload speeds, in business opportunities, customer experience and the so-called "future-proofing" of the network, depending on which version of the NBN we continue with. So what are they, and what do you need to know?
Remember Stephen Conroy? He's a former Communications Minister, occasional internet censorship proponent and avid Whovian. We already know that he tracks the exploits of The Doctor closer than anyone else in government, but his nerdiness actually saw him pressuring the head of the ABC over the future of the series.
Mike Quigley — the first CEO of the National Broadband Network Company — announced today he would leave the role soon to make way for fresh eyes on the project. Quigley has accomplished a great deal in the role, but his legacy is more than just cables in the ground all over the country. It's bigger.