Turnbull’s Copper NBN

Turnbull’s Copper NBN

I call the member for Fremantle. Thank you deputy speaker and the member for
Page is spot-on: the NBN, as it currently stands, is bolical. It’s indisputable, it’s irrefutable and it’s
even, if you like, indefutable that this is 100% on you! This ‘bolical’ NBN is 100% on you! It’s a rare achievement to stuff up the policy
and program implementation for an essential service twice—not once: twice. It was the Howard government, in its wisdom—in
its unbridled enthusiasm for privatisation—that decided to sell off Telstra, and they consigned
Australia to life as a broadband backwater. That decision in the late 1990s, at the relative
dawn of the internet, put us into a 20-year broadband limbo—a 20-year holding pattern. Other countries, including much less-developed
countries in our region, surged ahead. We have the 13th-biggest economy in the world—sometimes
the 12th, sometimes the 13th—and we currently have broadband speeds at 53rd in the world. The member for Page told an Irish joke. As the member for Lyons points out, in Ireland,
they’re seventh in the world. We are 53rd in the world; it’s a crying shame. Labor’s creation of the National Broadband
Network was designed to repair that damage—to create an affordable, consistent, high-quality
broadband framework for this nation in the 21st century. And it was going to be based on fibre, because
all the evidence and all the expertise showed that fibre is the state-of-the-art, future-proofed
technology. As every person who knows anything about broadband
the world over will tell you, ‘Do it once, do it right, do it with fibre.’ So how did it all go wrong? I think I’d be tempted to borrow a phrase
from the Prime Minister and put it down to ideology and idiocy, because it’s hard to
explain it in any other way. It began with the lunacy of privatising and
infrastructure monopoly. Privatisation at any cost is the path they
wanted to go down and that’s where we are now, 25 years later. It continued with the abandonment of a fibre
based network in favour of the multitechnology mess and the 19th century copper catastrophe
that we live with now in 2017. It’s not just decades-old copper, where they
found it buried in the ground after 70, 80 or 90 years, but brand-spanking-new copper
that they’ve brought in, becoming one of the largest copper wire stockpilers in the developed
world, and shipping it around to put back into trenches where the old copper just won’t
do. Why? Why did they do that? Because the Vertigan review—geniuses; cutting-edge
high-tech users, like Henry Ergas—decided that the biggest risk was that a fibre network
might just be too fast. A fibre network may give more speed and more
data than we actually needed. Never mind that since the 1970s computer processing
power has doubled every single year. It’s called Moore’s law, a law that computing
power and processing power will double every year. 90% of all the data on the planet right now
was created in the last two years. But those on that side were concerned that
the fibre network would be over par—that it would be too good for Australia’s needs. What is the result of all that? It means that Australian households and businesses
continue to go without an essential service. It means we remain at a global disadvantage. It means our economy misses out on the most
important infrastructure investment that is critical for us to take advantage of the areas
that our economy needs to move into: high-tech manufacturing and agriculture, and creative
industries. We are missing out on all of the various different
creative and productive opportunities that the 21st century holds and it’s because of
the policies of this government. The saddest thing, if you take a broad view
of social and economic life, is the creation of a savage and steep digital divide that
will lock in and exacerbate disadvantage. That will mean that people who live in poorer
areas, people who already face significant disadvantage, are locked into that set of
circumstances. They are held out from access to health, education
and essential services. The NBN is the Prime Minister’s pet project. It’s his area of special interest. It was his portfolio responsibility. It is 100% on this government. They have done the double: they sold off Telstra
and they buggered up the NBN. It is irrefutability a mess of their making
and they will wear it around their necks.


  1. Don't vote for these liberals ever again.. all they car about is smoking their cigars and telling the poor to get a better job if you want to make life better.. They screwed all of Australia by changing the NBN from fibre back to copper.. The rest of the world is leaving copper and mocing to fibre yet the liberals are moving us to copper lol

  2. DO IT ONCE! DO IT RIGHT! DO IT WITH FIBRE! Very good advice. This government is running Australia into the ground. SAY HELLO TO THE NEXT 3RD WORLD COUNTRY !!!AUSTRALIA!!!

  3. Most western countries have UNLIMITED services as a default standard with blazing fast fibre or cabled speeds….these resellers and telcos on oz are way behind trying to parasite profits off limiting plans! Typical monopolistic behaviour as usual!

  4. Under Malcolm Turnbull's portrait will be a plaque with his glorious contribution to Australia, Destroyed marriage, Destroyed the NBN.

    Great legacy Malcolm you really shone during your time.

  5. Not only is the NBN a failure but now ADSL is slower and more expensive in areas where no NBN services are going to be available for YEARS.

  6. We spend money on a military with future in mind, we built the Sydney harbour bridge with 4 lanes but when it comes to broadband we smash rocks together and rig up a string between two cans. Come on Australia!?

  7. thing is… its a plan to slow us down. control us. police used to wear blue uniforms. now the whole of australian police is wearing swat gear especially in nsw and vic. Slowly theyre taking power controlling everything so we cant move. we are slowly losing cash… cash to use that we make from working to do with what we please. it is so we have to use cards to be watched and controlled. they can cut the power off, we have no money because its on a card. we wont be able to hold our own cash. keep watching… the government is taking all our rights away! no cash… is coming! FAST!

  8. America is building bases in space, the Chinese have reusable rockets Australia doesn't even have decent internet, I will never vote LNP or ALP ever again, between two evils is no choice…..Pathetic government.

  9. Interestingly, New Zealand already has 1GB up & down and they are already looking at upgrading that speed. Just saying.

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