OPINION PIECE - MULTI-TECH MESS FLEECES THE NATION - 8 SEPTEMBER 2017

A decade ago when John Howard was swept from office, he left Australia a broadband backwater. Continue reading

OPINION PIECE - MEDIA REFORM PACKAGE HANDS UNPRECEDENTED POWER TO A PRIVILEGED FEW - 4 SEPTEMBER 2017

There are two kinds of politicians: those who value an evidentiary and principles-based approach to law-making; and those who spurn analysis in favour of short-termism.   Continue reading

OPINION PIECE - NYT: WHAT NOT TO DO ON BROADBAND - 17 MAY 2017

I don’t receive much feedback about Malcolm Turnbull anymore – not at industry events, discussions with stakeholders in the communications sector, or even at street corner meetings in Blacktown.  There must be only so many times people can convey their disappointment. Continue reading

OPINION PIECE - VISION-IMPAIRED TELEVISION VIEWERS ARE BEING LEFT IN THE DARK - FRIDAY, 12 MAY 2017

With Senator Carol Brown, Shadow Minister for Disability and Carers. The Prime Minister certainly wasn’t speaking for the 357,000 Australians who are blind or vision impaired when he said “there has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian.” Continue reading

OPINION PIECE - TURNBULL GOVERNMENT HAS NO PROMISES LEFT TO BREAK ON NBN - SUNDAY, 27 NOVEMBER 2016

Since the Turnbull Government recently broke yet another election promise and announced that taxpayers would bail out their second-rate National Broadband Network to the tune of $19.5 billion, the responsible Ministers have worked themselves into a real lather. Continue reading

OPINION PIECE - SLOW, EXPENSIVE AND OBSOLETE - THAT'S TURNBULL'S IDEA OF AN NBN - THURSDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2016

There’s nothing surprising about the editorial in The Australian Financial Review critical of Labor’s national broadband network (‘‘Red underpants on all our heads’’, September 22). It coincides with numerous reports in these pages and beyond that broadband retailers’ profits are being decimated by a government-funded infrastructure monopoly. Continue reading

OP-ED - SMALL BUSINESS NEEDS PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO CONFRONT ANTI-COMPETITIVE BEHAVIOUR - 15 MARCH 2016

Small businesses play a unique role in the economy and have helped underpin Australia’s economy growth for the past 25 years. As Labor’s Shadow Minister for Small Business, I want to ensure a practical response to the challenges facing small businesses in Australia. Continue reading