blog The first 100 days of any new Minister’s tenure are always a very interesting time. The new Minister is seeking to get comfortable in the role and familiar with their substantially expanded staff roster as well as key bureaucrats in the department sitting underneath them. At the same time, they are seeking to kick off their policy agenda, which is normally substantially different from the agenda of the Minister or Government which came before them. It’s looking increasingly likely at the moment that Australia will see a change of Federal Government shortly, with the Coalition currently enjoying a clear lead in the polls. For our likely next Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, as I write on Delimiter 2.0 this morning (subscriber content), the first 100 days are looking very tough indeed. A paragraph from behind the paywall:
“The key thing to understand here is that the first three months of Turnbull’s time in office are going to be excruciating. There is just so much here that the Earl of Wentworth has signed up to get done, and so much of it is foundational work that will underpin everything else the Coalition wants to get done in the three years following. I hope Turnbull’s not exhausted from the election campaign. Because he will need every shred of energy to keep his policy agenda on track.”
Turnbull has made a very strident argument over the past several years that Labor needs to drastically rework its National Broadband Network policy. Well, it looks like the Viscount of Vaucluse is about to get his chance to make that argument reality. Will Turnbull fold or fly in his first 100 days in office, if the Coalition takes power next week? I’m not sure yet, but one thing you can rest assured of: Delimiter will be there to chronicle his failures and, we hope, for the sake of Australia’s broadband ranking, successes.
Image credit: Office of Malcolm Turnbull