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...

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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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.

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?

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.

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...

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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