2022 Charles Todd Oration

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The Hon. Michelle Rowland MP


Minister for Communications, Charles Todd, Overland Telegraph Line, Digital Inclusion, Regional Connectivity


The Charles Todd Oration is an annual event run by TelSoc and is named for Charles Todd, the Postmaster-General of South Australia, who was responsible for completing the Overland Telegraph Line from Darwin to Adelaide in 1874. The 2022 Oration was delivered in Sydney on 21 October 2022 by The Hon. Michelle Rowland, MP, Minister for Communications. At the time she had been in the role for about 5 months following the change of government at the Federal election on 21 May 2022. The Minister used her speech to set out the Government’s aims for the communications sector and its initial priorities, and to reflect on her appreciation of the circumstances and potential for the sector, its stakeholders and end-users of communications services. References and endnotes have been added by Jim Holmes, Chair of TelSoc, to enable further reference by interested readers on the matters noted, and for the accuracy and relevance of which TelSoc accepts complete responsibility.



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