Sydney, 26 May 2019: Communications Alliance has welcomed the appointment of Paul Fletcher to Federal Cabinet as the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts.

Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, said Mr Fletcher’s commercial experience in the communications sector and deep knowledge of the industry would be key attributes as the Government engages on a wide-ranging array of necessary reforms.

“During his period as Parliamentary Secretary for Communications, from 2013-15, Paul worked closely and constructively with industry and other stakeholders on a package of ‘red-tape reduction’ initiatives.

“I think Paul recognises, better than most, that a balance needs to be struck between the imposition and costs imposed on industry and consumers by additional layers of regulation, compared with the benefits that can be generated.

“We look forward to working with the new Minister.”

Mr Stanton paid tribute to Senator Fifield’s contribution to the sector during his time as Minister for Communications and the Arts.

“Mitch maintained a strong focus on the interests of telecommunications consumers and on improving coordination and execution in the broadband supply chain,” he said.

Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia. Its membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the  communications industry, including carriers, carriage and internet  service providers, content providers, search engines, equipment vendors, IT companies, consultants and business groups.

Its vision is to  provide a unified voice for the telecommunications industry and to lead  it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and  services. The prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of  consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance. For more details about Communications Alliance, see

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