Malcolm Turnbull resigns as Communications Minister

Malcolm Turnbull has announced he has resigned as Communications Minister and a member of the federal Cabinet in order to challenge Prime Minister Tony Abbott for the leadership.

The announcement this afternoon in a courtyard of the Australian Parliament House leaves the Department of Communications, Digital Transformation Office, Australian Communications and Media Authority, and NBN without a driving minister.

Turnbull’s tenure at the helm of the Communications portfolio has been marked with a strident push for digital transformation. Digital innovation in federal government nearly ground to a halt after the departure of Lindsay Tanner in the Finance portfolio championing the Gov 2.0 task force, until Turnbull was given Abbott’s blessing — and $250 million — to restore the movement to prominence under the Digital Transformation Office.

Turnbull also instigated a substantive review of ACMA’s structure, regulations and functions. That review is ongoing and will outlive the Turnbull’s time in the portfolio.

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