Families and businesses on the Southside are still waiting for Malcolm Turnbull’s second-rate NBN, the Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett, said today.
Mr Turnbull promised in 2013 that the Liberals would deliver the NBN to everyone on the Southside this year, but it will still be years before local families and businesses are hooked up to his second-rate NBN.
In 2013, families and businesses on the Southside expressed concern that a change of Government would delay the roll out of the NBN.
Local media reported[i] that business owners in Rocklea were worried about a possible delay.
They were right to be concerned. NBN Co’s website shows that the rollout of the NBN has not even started in Rocklea yet and won’t start until next year at the earliest.
“In 2013 I pointed out that Labor’s plan for the NBN would be critically important for businesses on the Southside. At the time I had no idea just how badly Mr Turnbull would wreck the NBN,” Mr Perrett said.
“Sadly, businesses and families on the Southside are suffering, and will still be waiting years to get a second-rate NBN because of the Turnbull Government.
“In the two years that Malcolm Turnbull was Communications Minister he did not connect a single paying customer to his second rate fibre-to-the-node network.
“Where his second-rate network has now been switched on, it is not working properly. Mr Turnbull’s management of his NBN has been an absolute disaster.
“People on the Southside are very disappointed. I have been contacted by people all over the electorate to tell me how disappointed they are.
“The NBN is behind schedule, over budget and is not designed to meet the future needs of Australians and Australian businesses. Malcolm Turnbull’s failures are bad for productivity and our economy.”
[i] The Southern Star, Aug 21, 2013, page 5, NBN changes a talking point http://quest.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx