Today Senator for Tasmania Helen Polley said that the Turnbull Liberal Government was delivering the worst public policy with its rollout of a second rate NBN to Tasmanians.

“One thing is for sure, there is no better time in Australia to have a poor and inefficient NBN connection with slow internet speeds,” Senator Polley said.

Recently, the Federal Member for Lyons Eric Hutchinson visited Evandale in Tasmania where Fibre to the Node (FTTN) cabinets have been erected for the FTTN technology. Mr Hutchinson said that providing FTTN instead of the more efficient and cost effective Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) was less of a hassle because you didn’t have to lay fibre cable.

“The difference between Labor and the Liberal Coalition Government is that Labor is committed to delivering a fast and efficient NBN for all Australians for future decades,” Senator Polley said.

“The Government understands that the current NBN policy is redundant. It’s misguided public policy. It is a farce. Countries across the globe who have installed FTTN are now ripping it out and replacing it with fibre and yet the government is trying to sell this policy under the guise that it is less of a hassle to build and more cost effective, when in fact costs have blown out beyond belief,” Senator Polley said.     

Malcolm Turnbull originally said that he would build a second rate and slower NBN for $29.5 billion, now the Government has released a Corporate Plan that says it will cost $56 billion. Furthermore, the Government now says that all Australians won’t have access to the NBN until 2020. This is despite the fact that Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott promised in April of 2013 that everyone across the country would have access to the NBN by the end of 2016.

“Australians need to understand that the current Government is building the Australian people a lemon of an NBN policy. A lemon which is currently costing Australian’s more, a lemon that isn’t being delivered on time and a lemon that will cost us more when we have to switch to fibre to be competitive in a global economy,” Senator Polley said.