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Tony Abbott’s Speech To The Liberal Party Federal Council: “We Are The Party Of Menzies, Fraser And Howard”

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has addressed the Liberal Party’s Federal Council meeting in Melbourne.


In its 70th anniversary year, Abbott described the Liberal Party as “the party of Menzies and Fraser and Howard”, a rare reference to Fraser, who no longer belongs to the party and is a persistent critic of its drift to the political right. [Read more…]

Anderson And Alston Address Communications Future And Telstra Services

This is the audio of a press conference on Telstra by the Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson, and the Minister for Communications, Senator Richard Alston.

The two ministers announced a series of measures to address deficiencies in the communications sector, given the advent of the broadband future. [Read more…]

Alston Attacks ABC Coverage Of Iraq War

The Howard government’s Minister for Communications, Senator Richard Alston, has alleged bias in the ABC’s coverage of the war in Iraq.

Senator Alston has released an analysis detailing 68 instances of alleged bias in the AM program.

Text of media statement by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston. [Read more…]

Intense Lobbying of MPs Over Digital TV

Paul Neville, NPA, HinklerThe Age reports today that Federal MPs, especially those on the policy committee advising the Communications Minister, Senator Richard Alston, are being lobbied by media and communications companies in the leadup to a Cabinet decision about which digital television policy model should be adopted.

Paul Neville, the chairman of the Communications Committee, is quoted as saying “this is the most intense lobbying campaign of politicians I have ever seen since I have been a Member of Parliament.”

Current government policy aims for all free-to-air broadcasters to commence digital broadcasting in metropolitan areas on 1 January 2001. The Age says there is concern that the Cabinet is committed to a model that will put the new generation of television sets beyond the means of most consumers.