The Coalition is intending to demolish the NBN if elected, according to Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy.
According to Conroy, the Dissenting Report of the Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network stated that NBN Co and its board “should be clearly mindful of the need to alter contracts” in the event that there is a change in government.
“This clearly demonstrates that the Coalition plans to demolish the NBN if it is elected. It follows [Opposition Leader, Tony] Abbott’s recent pledge to not spend one cent upgrading Australia’s broadband infrastructure,” Conroy said.
He highlighted Abbott’s recent comment to the Committee for Economic Development in Australia (CEDA), where the Opposition Leader said the Commonwealth will need to borrow $50 billion less if the NBN doesn’t go ahead in its current form.
He also pointed out that Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband, Malcolm Turnbull, stated on Radio National that NBN Co should not be entering into any further contracts.
“This proves that the Coalition won’t build the NBN, they will demolish it. The Coalition will leave Australia with the broadband equivalent of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with only one lane,” Conroy said.
He claimed that only the Labor government will build the NBN and deliver fast, affordable, universal broadband to every home and business in the Australia.