Further update​

Former Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has won a ballot for the leadership of the Liberal Party and will become Australia's 29th Prime Minister.


Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called a ballot of the Liberal Party room for later Monday evening, although no time has been confirmed. He has stated that he "will be a candidate for the leadership", and he "expects to win".

There has been no further update on who will be the new Communications Minister

Original Story

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has resigned from Cabinet, seeking a spill of the leadership of the Liberal Party.

Turnbull has overseen a number of developments in the portfolio and recently launched the Digital Transformation Office to expand digital access to government services.

In a speech to assembled journalists Mr Turnbull outlined his reasons for seeking a change of leadership, although he made no mention of the possibility of enhanced technology policy, a space in which he has traditionally been at odds with Prime Minister Abbott.

As Communications Minister, Turnbull has been overseeing the multi-technology mix nbn implementation, which has drawn criticism from some in the industry as not being appropriate for Australia's future digital requirements.

In June, Turnbull officially launched Australia's Digital Pulse - a flagship research report commissioned by the ACS and prepared by Deloitte Access Economics. He has also served as the Patron of the ACS since 2013.