Stephen Conroy

Stephen Conroy

Stephen Michael Conroy (born 18 January 1963 in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England) is an Australian politician and the current Minister for Broadband, ... More »Stephen Michael Conroy (born 18 January 1963 in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England) is an Australian politician and the current Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in the Gillard Ministry. He has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian Senate since May 1996, representing the state of Victoria. Conroy's parents worked at an air-force base, where his mother Jean monitored radar and his father Bill was a sergeant. In December 1973 the Conroys moved to Canberra, where he attended Daramalan College. He obtained a Bachelor of Economics at the Australian National University in Canberra. His involvement in student politics was minimal, although he helped organise a rally against student fees. After university, Conroy worked as an advisor to Ros Kelly and Barry Jones. He moved to Melbourne to pursue a political career where he met Robert Ray, and served for a time as Superannuation Officer with the Transport Workers Union and as a City of Footscray... [ Wikipedia ]

Labor leadership rules a farce, says Conroy

Some detail on Stephen Conroy's comments yesterday. Conroy has slammed the party rules brought in by Kevin Rudd which forces a leadership decision to go to two equally-weighted ballots (one in caucus, one among rank and file members) if there is more than one person standing. ...

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Aussie DJ at center of radio prank suicide case named best in the land

" Australia's Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said it was too soon for Christian to be honored this way. "I think there's a bit of bad taste involved there," Conroy told news radio station, 3AW. "There was some very serious consequences of what was a prank and to be seen to ...

Bill Shorten apologises over mistaken comments to Parliament in defence on Stephen Conroy

It also came after a day spent trying to deflect attention from comments made by Labor frontbench colleague Stephen Conroy. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has had to apologise to Parliament over commets made mistakenly in defence of Senator Stephen Conroy. Photo: Alex ...

General David Hurley defends Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell after Labor accusations of 'political...

PT0M31S 620 349 February 26, 2014 - 10:43AM Defence Force chief General David Hurley has hit back at Labor defence spokesman Stephen Conroy over his attack on the integrity of the Abbott government's military border ...

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'You can't handle the truth': Conroy accuses Campbell of camp cover-up

General Angus Campbell said he was offended by Stephen Conroy's comments. Photo: Andrew Meares A Senate estimates inquiry was brought to a dramatic halt amid furious scenes when senior Labor Senator Stephen Conroy accused Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell of a ''political ...

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NBN chairman says internet speed guarantees ‘have lost currency’

The Labor frontbencher Stephen Conroy, who was communications minister for most of the Rudd-Gillard government, pursued NBN Co bosses over the pre-election pledge from Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull to provide broadband with a download data rate of at least 25 megabits per second by ...

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Last-minute government funding averts community radio switch-off

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has announced an extra $6m for not-for-profit radio stations. Photograph: AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy A mass switch-off of community digital radio in Australia has been averted after the federal government made an 11th-hour commitment to provide an ...

Conroy's subsea cable plans 'a real worry': Hackett

Internode founder Simon Hackett has said that Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's plans for a government-owned subsea cable between Australia and the US is "a real worry," because he said it isn't where there is a price bottleneck. Two weeks ago, Conroy told an audience at a ...

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Angus Campbell 'next in line' for promotion to chief of army

Labor’s defence spokesman, Stephen Conroy, last month likened Campbell to Colonel Jessup from the film a Few Good Men and accused him of engaging in a “political cover-up” through the secrecy surrounding operations that occur on water. The allegation, made during a Senate estimates ...

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Broadband inquiry: former Telstra director to audit Labor's choice of NBN

The audit’s terms of reference stretch from April 2008, when former the communications minister Stephen Conroy issued a request for proposals for an NBN solution, up to May 2010, when the NBN implementation study was released. The Coalition has been critical of the cost of FTTP, and ...

Manly men v wimps: what's behind the macho language in Australian politics?

... what that says about defence minister David Johnston), The Australian asking its readers to judge who is the “better man” between General Angus Campbell and Senator Stephen Conroy, and Conroy being accused of not being able to “ man up ” and apologise to Campbell for accusations of a cover up...

The Labor leadership saga: what happens next?

This is the calculation behind recent statements by ministers including Gary Gray, Stephen Conroy and Greg Combet. In short, the past two weeks have been the final stages of a very high stakes game of bluff, played out through the media. Q: How can a leadership ballot occur? A: Under ...

Stephen Conroy accuses Operation Sovereign Borders general of 'cover-up'

Photograph: Daniel Munoz/AAP Labor’s defence spokesman, Stephen Conroy, has accused the commander of Operation Sovereign Borders, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, of engaging in a “political cover-up” over asylum seeker operations. Campbell told the Senate estimates committee he took ...

Conroy overboard, can Albanese stop Rudd-erless NBN from running aground?

Most observers seem to have quickly accepted the fact that Stephen Conroy – the architect of the current NBN and by far the strongest character to occupy the position of communications minister since, well, ever – has fallen on his sword and left the country’s biggest-ever infrastructure ...

Is Labor’s NBN tag-team helping or hurting its election message?

If Stephen Conroy was to get any satisfaction from his ignominious resignation in June, it would have to be that, in the wake of his departure, Labor felt that he was doing so much, on so many fronts, that it took not one, not two, not three, but four ministers to replace him. That ...

Time for new blood as NBN’s red wedding continues

And, once Stephen Conroy left the scene, it was only a matter of time until NBN Co head Mike Quigley followed suit. Conroy just can’t protect Quigley anymore – from Turnbull or NBN Co chair Siobhan McKenna, who has had Quigley’s number for months – and Quigley knows it. At the ...

Conroy gives blessing to Telstra acquisition of Adam Internet

Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy has thrown his support behind Telstra's move to buy Adelaide-based internet service provider (ISP) Adam Internet. Telstra announced this morning that it will be buying Adam Internet, which was founded by Greg Hicks 25 years ago, for an ...

Conroy's 'red underpants' comment made sense: US analyst

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's comments about having "unfettered legal power" to make spectrum bidders wear red underpants on their heads made sense in the context, according to one US telecommunications analyst. Conroy made the comment in New York last week at the ...

Conroy considers Australian govt-owned subsea cable

In a speech at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information Conference in New York on Monday, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said that Australians are charged too much for international capacity on subsea fibre-optic cables, and that the Australian government is looking to do ...

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Facebook pressured to remove page deemed racist

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy told Australian Broadcasting Corp. late Wednesday his office had called on Facebook's Sydney office to take the page down. Conroy says the creator of the page, whom he believed is a 16-year-old Australian living in the west coast city of ...

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