Paul Fletcher MP

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Thursday, 12 March 2015 00:00

Speech to the ACCAN USO Forum


It is a pleasure to participate in this important forum to discuss the universal service obligation in telecommunications.

I commend the organisers on setting the ambitious but timely objective of ‘Rethinking the USO’.

In my former life as a senior executive of Optus, I spoke about the USO rather a lot.

So frequently in fact that we used to joke that people in Canberra thought USO stood for ‘usual submission from Optus.’

Now of course I bring a different perspective to the topic.

I’m very pleased to join you at this Public Sector Software Quality Forum.

Today I want to speak to you about the Abbott Government’s vision for e-government.

Citizens have high expectations of government when it comes to the delivery of services online. 

All too often though government today does not meet those expectations.

In the Coalition’s policy at the 2013 election, we set out how we aimed to change this – for example with a commitment to getting all major services and interactions with individuals online. 

With the recent announcement that we are establishing a Digital Transformation Office, we are working to turn policy into action.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

RoZetta Technology Launch Speech

I’m very pleased to be here for the launch of RoZetta Technology – an appropriate title for a company in this industry as we enter the Zettabyte era.

When I was thinking about the role played by big data today I was reminded of that seminal text, the 1983 track ‘Making Love Out Of Nothing At All’ by Air Supply.

I want to argue that big data – and what RoZetta Technology does – is an example of a modern phenomenon of making value out of nothing at all.

It is a great pleasure to be here at The King’s School to be part of the launch of this very important initiative to help keep kids safe on line.

This is a powerful partnership between the Alannah and Madeline Foundation and Google – bringing together on the one hand a trusted and respected community organisation with a strong track record in the area of keeping children safe online, and on the other hand one of the world’s biggest and best known companies whose products are at the very centre of the digital lives of billions of people across our planet.

Thursday, 05 February 2015 00:00

Speech to Baker & McKenzie 'White Noise' Event


It is a pleasure to be here at the launch of the second edition of Baker & McKenzie’s publication, “White Noise: An overview of current issues facing the Australian Communications Sector”.  

Apparently the technical definition of ‘white noise’ is ‘a discrete signal whose samples are regarded as a sequence of serially uncorrelated random variables with zero mean and finite variance.’

Being myself a lawyer like the authors of this work, I naturally knew this from all the classes I took on signal processing at law school.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Speech to the Spectrum Review Workshop

I am pleased to join you at this industry workshop as part of the government’s review of how we regulate radiofrequency spectrum.

If you had predicted, fifty years ago, that large companies would pay hundreds of millions of dollars for the right to use an asset which you cannot see or touch, you would have been met with considerable scepticism. 

Look at the way television licences were granted in Australia in the nineteen fifties.  These rights to use the scarce broadcasting spectrum were the essential element to what would become extremely valuable businesses – yet in the main, they were simply handed out to existing media companies.

Minister Rankine, my federal parliamentary colleague Senator Nick Xenophon, of course Sonia Ryan the inspirational director of the Carly Ryan Foundation, other distinguished guests and ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to be here at the launch of “Thread” – this exciting new app which will be an important way for children and young adults to keep connected and keep safe.

If you go to their website, you find that the vision of Carly Ryan Foundation is ‘to create a positive experience online for all children, teens and young adults.’

I would like to reflect on that for a moment.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00

Speech to the FutureGov Summit

The impressive roll up at today’s FutureGov Summit is powerful evidence of how much energy is going into using information technology to transform government.

It is hugely important – and something the Abbott Government is strongly committed to.

It is my privilege to kick off proceedings by speaking about government online service delivery – and in doing so I would like to start with the question of what citizens expect of government.  Next I want to talk about the typical way that governments respond; and thirdly highlight an alternative strategy in which – shockingly – government does not try to do everything itself.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 00:00

CommsDay NBN Rebooted Conference 2014

It is a pleasure to be here at the NBN Rebooted Conference.

Following the election last year Comms Alliance and CommsDay took the initiative to hold the first of these conferences – and I am pleased that you have decided to continue the tradition in 2014.

That being said, it is my fervent hope that we are not all assembling for NBN Rebooted XII in 2024.

With the theme of this year’s conference being ‘Solving the Multi-Technology Puzzle’, I want to focus my remarks on two particular parts of that puzzle: wireless and satellite.

I am pleased to be with you at this important event.

Thank you to Matthew Keeley for the introduction, and for the important work you do at the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre in helping to protect Australian children in the internet age.

Today I’d like to discuss the Coalition Government’s approach to enhancing online safety for children. First, I’d like to speak about the policy journey we’ve taken up to this point – and the evidence base underpinning our policy proposals in this area.

Next I’ll talk about how we see the proposed new office of the Children’s e-Safety Commissioner working – and give an update on the legislative regime we are working to put in place.

Finally, I’ll outline the path ahead – the appointment of the Commissioner, the establishment of the office, and the Commissioner’s role in relation to education programmes delivered through schools.

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