Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull says ABC, SBS got off lightly in budget and must cut more

Matthew Knott Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has foreshadowed deeper cuts to the ABC and SBS in coming years, warning the ''age of entitlement'' for the public broadcasters is over.

Malcolm Turnbull has plan to widen role of post offices

Matthew Knott Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed transferring some of Medicare and Centrelink's frontline duties to Australia Post to help combat the ''existential challenge'' of declining letter...

Rupert Murdoch is no 'demented plutocrat', says Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull in question time.

Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has hosed down suggestions he has described Rupert Murdoch as a ‘‘demented plutocrat,’’ arguing the News Corp head is the ‘‘most normal’’ media mogul he knows.

Rupert Murdoch the most normal media tycoon I know, says Malcolm Turnbull

Turnbull

Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed further deregulation of the media industry as he praised media mogul Rupert Murdoch as the ''most normal'' proprietor he knows.

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Television

Rove McManus among star graduates to lament community TV's move away from home

Rove McManus.

Paul Kalina It's fair to say that community TV has launched a thousand careers -- and not just those of the boldface names who got their starts there.

Precinct plan needed

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Ross Peake (''Dickson residents unite'', Forum, August 30, p3) reported on the proposed developments for Section 72 in Dickson.

Fears community TV will lose broadcast rights in 2016

Madeleine Heffernan The community TV sector fears for its future, saying it expects to lose broadcast rights at the end of next year.

How Harriet Wran, the daughter of a Labor legend, came undone

Harriet Wran's former landlord says his Hunters Hill granny flat became a 'crack den' while Ms Wran was living there.

Deborah Snow and Nick Ralston Just after 7 pm last Sunday, former private schoolgirl and daughter of a Labor legend, Harriet Wran, was captured on CCTV footage walking through the lobby of a rundown housing commission block in...

Sister Philomene Tiernan won't be forgotten

Philomene Tiernan's niece, Josephine Wright, and sister, Madeline Wright, at the mass to celebrate her life.

Emma Partridge Sister Philomene Tiernan touched so many people – students, family, friends and her sisters.

MH17: Australian victims included teachers, nun, grandad and grandkids

Mo Maslin

Nick Ralston A popular Perth sailor and his three young grandchildren on their way home from a European holiday are among the 28 Australians killed on-board flight MH17.

The spill

Joe Hockey

Madonna King In 2009, everyone - including the man himself - assumed that Joe Hockey was a shoo-in as the next Liberal Party leader. So what went wrong?

Outsourcing ABC production work 'would not hit quality'

Mark Scott.

Matthew Knott Outsourcing more ABC television productions to commercial producers would not diminish the quality of programming or the broadcaster's identity, according to the independent production sector.

Labor takes aim at top bureaucrat's critique

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Mark Kenny Friction over the federal budget continues before next week's sitting of the new Senate.

Turnbull investment in tax haven criticised

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Heath Aston Malcolm Turnbull, Australia's second-richest parliamentarian, has invested in a ''vulture fund'' based in the tax haven Cayman Islands.

Government review offers secret ABC downsizing plan

Play School

Matthew Knott The Abbott government's cost-cutting review of the ABC envisages a radical shake-up that would lead to the outsourcing of most television programs, including flagship shows such as Play School and At...

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ABC urged to slash TV production costs

Matthew Knott The production of all ABC television shows, except news and current affairs, would be outsourced under radical proposals put forward by the Abbott's cost-cutting review of the national broadcaster.

Merger with ABC means death of SBS, warns Malcolm Fraser

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Matthew Knott Putting the SBS and the ABC under one roof would lead to the eventual death of the multicultural broadcaster, says former prime minister Malcolm Fraser, whose government created SBS almost four...

Turnbull's bolt from the blue stuns colleagues

James Massola, Matthew Knott Coalition MPs have lashed Malcolm Turnbull for launching an extraordinary broadside at conservative columnist Andrew Bolt, arguing the stoush has again knocked the government's budget sales job off...

How they coalesce in the Coalition

TURNBULL.AFR.24 SEPTEMBER 2013.Photo by ROB HOMER ..... minister for communications MALCOLM TURNBULL holding a press conference at  the governments office at 1 bligh st to release the governments interim statement of expectations to the NBN Co. TURNBULL.AFR.24 SEPTEMBER 2013.Photo by ROB HOMER ..... minister for communications MALCOLM TURNBULL holding a press conference at  the governments office at 1 bligh st to release the governments interim statement of expectations to the NBN Co.

James Massola, Political Correspondent At 10 minutes past five on Thursday afternoon you could hear a pin drop in Parliament House's marbled Members' Hall.

Australia Post to axe 900 jobs

Australia Post

Jonathan Swan Australia Post is in financial crisis, with 900 job cuts to be announced this week and more pain to follow unless urgent action is taken.