TRANSCRIPT - Remarks at NBN Sky Muster Launch Event
1 October 2015
E & OE
Launch of Sky Muster Satellite
I think we were
all glued to our TV sets this morning at about 6.30am to witness "the
rumble in the jungle" which we can see on the screens at the side.
It was a
terrific launch, and I think from the perspective of the Government and NBN, we
can say that "Thunderbirds are go"
Bill, can I
particularly congratulate you and your team and your partners on this mammoth
venture. You, together, collectively, have done something incredibly important
for the nation and you should take great professional pride in what you have
I know the
name Sky Muster does sound a little bit like something from a
James Bond movie, but it is not. We have Bailey Brooks and her classmates from
the School of the Air to thank for coming up with the name. And Bailey really
is the face of the satellite and she has become the symbol of the people who
will benefit. And I know Bill will say a little bit more about Bailey, who is
with us here today, but if I could also acknowledge Bailey's mum Tania who is
Sky Muster truly is an international
effort. Built by SSL in Palo Alto in California. Loaded onto a Russian Antonov
aircraft. Launched on a European rocket in a French overseas territory in the
north of South America.
So a big
international effort, but it is something that is intensely local in its
intention. What this satellite will do is to enable fast broadband for
Australians in regional and remote areas and Australian overseas territories.
People, businesses, who have some of the worst access at the moment. So it is
only fitting that they will be amongst the first people to get good access to
This is going
to be something incredible for education, for EHealth, for distance education
in particular. It will open up new markets for people who live in remote and
regional areas. As a Government, we are very keen to innovate and to seize the
opportunities that the future presents. This is a great opportunity to do
This is a great
day for Australia, but most particularly it is a terrific day for Australians
and businesses in remote and regional Australia.
Luisa Anderson | 0417
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