Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity
Coalition pretence on national broadband lasts less than a week
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today said that the Coalition's pretence of support for national broadband has lasted just five days.
Tony Abbott has told the ACE Regional Radio Network, which broadcasts across Victoria, that he is 'so hostile to the National Broadband Network' because it is an investment that 'we don't need'. 1
"This is at odds with Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who told the Sydney Morning Herald on 29 June, 'the Coalition will not cancel or roll back the NBN... the NBN will continue to roll out." 2
"The Coalition's position on broadband is one of total confusion.
"The Coalition can't be trusted when it comes to the NBN or delivering fast broadband to all Australians.
"Only under Labor will all Australians get the National Broadband Network. Only under Labor will all Australians get the benefits of fast, reliable, and affordable broadband.
"The choice for the Australian people is simple: support Labor and you'll get the NBN; support the Coalition and you won't."
Date: 5 July 2012
Senator Conroy's Office: 02 6277 7480