Deputy PM Anthony Albanese replaces Conroy
- 01 July, 2013 09:48
Deputy Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, has replaced Senator Stephen Conroy as the Minister for Broadband and Communications.
MP, Ed Husic, has been named Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband.
The reshuffle follows the Labor Party's reanointment of Kevin Rudd as its leader and the subsequent fallout as seven key cabinet members bowed out. The new Rudd ministry contains several new faces but Albanese is a Labor veteran who has represented the seat of Grayndler in Sydney's inner west since 1996.
He was formerly Leader of the House of Representatives and Minister for Regional Development and Local Government.
In a statement, the Competitive Carriers’ Coalition (CCC), a body representing Australian telecom companies, has welcomed the appointment, saying it comes at a crucial time, while the big telecommunications reforms of the past five years are being bedded down and the industry focuses on several tasks.
Several major members of the CCC have previously stressed the importance of maintaining focus on competition issues that can benefit Australian telecommunications customers.
The statement emphasised the need for robust communication competition, a level playing field, and transparency, as the foundation of economic opportunity for a digital economy.
“Australia is lagging behind the developed world with below-average broadband penetration, and customers paying some of the highest prices for basic – and arguably essential – services,” the statement added.
Husic is the member for Chifley and was elected to Parliament in 2010.