The electorate of Griffith is not on the NBN rollout map just released by NBN Co and will be stuck with poor broadband quality and access until at least 2016, Terri Butler MP said.
“That is despite Malcolm Turnbull promising that areas that had the poorest broadband like suburbs on Brisbane’s South Side would get the NBN first,” Ms Butler said.
In one of Malcolm Turnbull’s first speeches as Communications Minister, he said:
“Addressing these underserviced areas first is a key objective of our NBN policy.”
Malcolm Turnbull, CommsDay Conference, 18 November 2013
“He has now broken that promise and the residents of Griffith are paying the price for the Abbott Government’s lies,” Ms Butler said.
“Businesses on the South Side need fast and reliable broadband.
“The Abbott Government has also broken their promise that every Australian would have access to the NBN by 2016,” she said.
Before the election Tony Abbott said:
“Under the Coalition, by 2016…there will be minimum download speeds of 25 megabits… We will deliver a minimum of 25 megabits…by the end of our first term.”
Tony Abbott, Coalition Policy Launch, 9 April 2013
“The people of Griffith might not have liked the Coalition’s second rate NBN plan, but they were told they would get it by 2016,” Ms Butler said.
“The Abbott Government won the election promising everyone would have the NBN by the next election. They lied.
“According to these reports, less than a half of all Australian households will have the NBN by the time of the next election.
“This Government has lied about health funding, lied about education funding, lied about cutting the pension, lied about cutting the ABC and SBS and they have lied about the NBN,” Ms Butler said.
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