Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has appointed Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese as the minister for broadband taking over the crucial broadband portfolio from Stephen Conroy. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has appointed Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese as the minister for broadband taking over the crucial broadband portfolio from Stephen Conroy.
Mr Albanese takes on the role alongside his groaning range of portfolios including transport and infrastructure.
Announcing the appointment, Mr Rudd said the core task of the government was to keep the economy strong, and to continue to diversify the economy, and that productivity was central to this.
Mr Rudd acknowledged that Mr Albanese would have a big task on his hands. Prosecuting the case for the NBN against opposition spokesman Malcolm Turnbull has previously been identified by Labor as a key policy debate by Labor,
"This is a large set of responsibilities for a man with a prodigious work ethic and a heart for all Australia. He will do the job well," Mr Rudd said.
"Overseeing the nation's roads, rail network and ports, along with the broadband system, means Mr Albanese will keep the nation's arteries going.
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