Hasta la vista, Turnbull: Conroy is “the Terminator”


blog In one of the more amusing articles we’ve seen discussing the relative performance of Communications Minister Stephen Conroy against his nemesis Malcolm Turnbull, Bernard Keane argues at Crikey that Conroy is akin to one of science fiction’s greatest villains:

“Turnbull, the finest mind in Parliament and one of its most articulate figures, is also up against one of Labor’s best in Stephen Conroy. For all the factional Dalek stuff and bizarre beliefs about net filtering, Conroy is like the Terminator, albeit perhaps of more slender build. He just keeps coming, unfazed by any opposition, and he knows his brief down to a scary level of detail.”

To be honest, we’re not sure the analogy is that apt … sure, Conroy does have a fairly blunt style where he just keeps on coming, but the Terminators also have a degree of subtlety to them, which Conroy usually does not possess. And Conroy’s constant penchant for mis-speaking would argue against him knowing the telecommunications industry better than Turnbull. Sure, he knows the words, but does he truly understand them?

Image credit: Promotion material from 1984 film The Terminator


  1. I don’t think Conroy should be the minster for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Ecomony.

    The only useful thing he has done is bring the NBN to the table, and even then…

    • Kate Lundy would be a better choice – but she is still only seen as a junior…if they could look past party lines, Scott Ludlam would be excellent also.

      • Kate would be an excellent choice. I hoped she would get the role, but alas, they gave it to a factional goon.

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