Malcolm Turnbull has appointed a Minister for Regional Communications that – just like him – says one thing and does another.
Senator Fiona Nash, the new Nationals Deputy Leader and freshly minted Minister for Regional Communications joined with new Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce in 2005 to write a position paper that said the following:
“Most people are in agreement that copper line is becoming redundant”
“The Copper age was 5,300 years ago, and that is where copper belongs”
“We need to embrace optic fibre, wireless and satellite so that we have the right mix of infrastructure to take us into the future”
Senator Nash doubled down in 2007 when she put out a press release labelling a National Broadband Network that utilised copper-based Fibre-to-the-Node technology ‘Fraudband’:
“It’s widely understood in the telecommunications industry that FTTN will not deliver improved broadband speeds to rural and regional areas.
Despite all of this, Fiona Nash will now become a key player in the team rolling out Malcolm Turnbull’s second rate NBN that relies on the old copper network.
We know Malcolm Turnbull says one thing and does another.
It appears the new Deputy Leader of the National Party and Minister for Regional Communications is cut from the same cloth.
MONDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 2016
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