Turnbull’s ‘Barry Crocker’ on copper

To build his second rate NBN Malcolm Turnbull needs to get access to Telstra’s old copper network.

In Opposition, Malcolm Turnbull said the negotiations with Telstra to get access to their old copper network would be “quick”.

In February this year he said these negotiations would be finalised:

“In the next few months…certainly by the middle of the year.”

MALCOLM TURNBULL – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – 21 FEBRUARY 2014

Malcolm Turnbull has failed to meet this deadline.

The deadline he set passed almost three months ago and there is still no agreement.

Yesterday Telstra CEO David Thodey said:

“There is still a long way to go in the negotiations…We are really in the Government’s hands.”

DAVID THODEY – ADDRESS TO TELSTRA SHAREHOLDERS – 24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Malcolm Turnbull needs to explain why this is taking so long.

This is not the only promise Malcolm Turnbull has broken.

Before the election the Coalition promised they would give all Australians access to download speeds of 25 megabits per second by 2016. In December last year Malcolm Turnbull broke that promise.

Before the election Malcolm Turnbull promised an independent cost benefit analysis by Infrastructure Australia. He broke that promise and instead got former Liberal Party staff and former advisers to write the report that he wanted.

In November last year he promised that NBN Co would pass 450,000 brownfields premises with fibre by the 30th of June 2014 – he has broken that promise.

Malcolm Turnbull has had a ‘Barry Crocker’ – he needs to stop breaking promises.

THURSDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2014

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