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.

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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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...

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Australia Post crisis: Don't bank on your daily delivery

Matthew Knott The Labor opposition is prepared to help the Abbott government throw a lifeline to Australia Post, which faces a revenue crisis in its letter division, by allowing it to deliver Medicare and welfare...

Labor ready to push the envelop for mail service

Australia Post office

Matthew Knott Labor is prepared to help the Abbott government throw a lifeline to Australia Post, which faces a revenue crisis in its letter division, by allowing it to deliver Medicare and welfare operations.

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Australia Post to axe 900 jobs

MELBOURNE,AUSTRALIA-12 APRIL 2013: Generic photos of Austraia Post Boxes  in Melbourne on Friday 12 April 2013. AFR  /  LUIS ENRIQUE ASCUI

Jonathan Swan The future of the daily mail service is in jeopardy as Australia Post faces forecast losses totalling billions of dollars, with 900 jobs set to be cut as early as Tuesday.

Rebel MPs defy Tony Abbott and George Brandis on race hate laws

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis

Jonathan Swan Coalition MPs are secretly defying Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney-General George Brandis by drafting an alternative proposal for changes to the race hate laws.

Community radio ''will die a slow death'' if audit cuts adopted

Dave Houchin is the station manager for RRR (sorry, no musos available) - pic by Darren James

Deborah Gough Radio station 3RRR would ''die a slow death'' and most community radio stations would be forced to shut if a Commission of Audit recommendation was adopted in the federal government.

Has Tony Abbott gone mad?

Fairfax Media writer

Paul Sheehan Is Tony Abbott mad? Or is he brave? Or crazy-brave? On the eve of the day that could permanently define or debilitate his authority as Prime Minister, these questions come to mind given the...

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Turnbull courted for ALP cabinet

Rob Oakeshott (top) has Malcolm Turnbull’s ear

Jacqueline Maley Former independent MP Rob Oakeshott tried to convince Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull to become a minister in a Labor-led minority government ''rainbow cabinet'' he envisaged while negotiating with Julia...

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...