Statement to the House of Representatives on the NBN

Madam Speaker

These are the signatures of 272,000 Australians.

272,000 Australians who want the real NBN – not the second rate model that the Liberal Party wants to give them.

Unfortunately their calls have fallen on deaf ears. The Liberal Party is not listening.

They went to the last election promising a second rate Broadband Network.

Now they are not even going to do that.

Before the election Tony Abbott promised that all Australians would have access to download speeds of 25 megabits per second by 2016.

That’s now gone. They broke that promise in December.

They also promised fibre-to-the-node to 9 million homes and businesses.

That’s now gone too.

The NBN is now effectively dead.

The Liberal Party is not building a National Broadband Network. They are building a series of different networks.

Different speeds, different capacities, different technologies.

What you get is pot luck. It’s a lucky dip:

  • 24% will get fibre to their home
  • 31% will get fibre to a box in the street
  • 11% will get fibre to a box in the basement of their apartment
  • 27% will get broadband from the Foxtel cable in their street
  • 4% from fixed wireless; and
  • 3% from satellite services.

The Minister calls this MTM – the Multi Technology Model.

Madam Speaker, I suspect it will end up being known as Malcolm Turnbull’s Mess.