Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare, Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird and Member for Throsby Stephen Jones today met with residents in Horsley, who are just some of 29,000 locals wiped off the NBN rollout map by the Coalition Government.
“Countless residents have been contacting Sharon and myself over the past month concerned about the future of the NBN here in the region”, said Mr Jones.
“And they have every right to be concerned. One day they’re seeing NBN trucks in their streets. The next day they’re gone.”
“There was no warning. No apology and no real explanation from the Government and what’s going to happen next.”
“Invisibility is not transparency. Malcolm Turnbull has a responsibility to explain to local residents, who had been promised the NBN, when they will be connected and what they will get”, said Ms Bird.
“Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t understand the regional infrastructure issues we have here like overcrowded exchanges, it’s a massive burden.”
“Malcolm Turnbull is creating two classes of people here: those that will have fibre all the way to their homes and those that will not.” Mr Clare said.
Jason Clare said the Government’s decision to rip 29,000 Illawarra homes and businesses off the NBN rollout map has also resulted in as many as 40 NBN construction workers losing their jobs.
This is despite assurances from Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull that he would “ensure the NBN’s current contractors do not have to lay off staff.”
“Malcolm Turnbull says one thing and does another. He pledged to protect these exact jobs that have been lost”, said Mr Clare.
“Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull have pulled the plug on homes and businesses right across the Illawarra that were expecting to receive fibre to the home. This has meant local NBN workers have lost their jobs and local residents have been left in limbo.”