MEDIA RELEASE - Labor’s looming nbn backflip
4 April 2016
After two and
half years in Opposition, Labor still do not have an nbn policy and appear to
be preparing to backflip from their long held position.
have been campaigning in support of fibre to the premise (FTTP), recent public
comments by Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare appear to be an
attempt to ‘soften up’ the public for a change in approach and a shift to using
time in Opposition, Labor have consistently campaigned against anything other
than fibre to the premise, and continually criticised any use of copper.
on Sky News (AM Agenda, 16 March 2016), Labor signalled its support for
fibre to the distribution point (FTTdp), which requires the use of the existing
copper network to enter the premise.
GILBERT: It seems a no brainer to me, listening to your argument this
morning that you would adopt Fibre-to-the-Distribution-Point.
JASON CLARE: I
have said that Labor will rollout more fibre. We’ll announce our policy closer
to the election.
position is now looking more like a backflip and in favour of the Coalition’s
NBN multi technology mix, which allows the use of FTTdp and skinny fibre.
former Labor Government, the nbn was the most poorly managed infrastructure
project in Australia’s history. In Opposition, Labor’s been lazy on nbn policy,
and careless with the facts.
years, Labor spent more than $6 billion to connect 50,000 users.
Coalition took over the project in late 2013, we have connected close to
900,000 users and the nbn is available to more than 1.9 million homes and
The choice is
clear, only the Coalition will deliver fast, affordable nbn broadband sooner to