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...

Gough Whitlam receives accolades from all sides of politics

Gough Whitlam

Mark Kenny, Chief Political Correspondent The political guns fell silent on Tuesday as senior political figures from all sides united as one to mark the passing of former Labor prime minister Edward Gough Whitlam, who died in Sydney at the...

Gough and Margaret Whitlam: the greatest partnership

Damien Murphy Margaret broke the mould of the political wife, writes Damien Murphy.

Malcom Turnbull v Mark Scott: the battle for the ABC

Mark Scott, Managing Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Matthew Knott Mark Scott is no rabble rouser. Past profiles of the ABC managing director have described him as "vanilla", "cautious", "dull", "bureaucratic", "not one to make waves".

Lunch with James Brown

Mark Dapin Ex-army man James Brown says Anzac references cannot be applied to today's conflicts.

Blue-ribbon Liberal seats escape budget pain

Treasurer Joe Hockey

Heath Aston, Lisa Cox, Tom Allard Families in the outer suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne have been forced to do the heaviest lifting by the budget while those in the electorates of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey...

Coalition splits on Muslim relations as National MP George Christensen adds voice to calls for burqa ban

George Christensen.

Heath Aston and Latika Bourke The Coalition is divided over engagement with the Islamic community as Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull warned attacks on Australian Muslims play into the hands of terrorists, while a second...

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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.

Fear of ascendancy of Scott Morrison leads to scuttling of homeland security super-ministry

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 15 July 2014. Photo:

Mark Kenny and James Massola A move within the Abbott cabinet to establish a homeland security super-ministry drawing together several major departments and functions looks to have been scuttled because senior figures viewed it...

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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.

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.