Following on from Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s use of an apparently flawed Economist Intelligence Unit report to attack the National Broadband Network, Greens communications spokesperson Scott Ludlam has issued the following statement:
Criticism of the National Broadband Network has become desperately unhinged, with the Coalition comparing the project to Cuba.
Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said Malcolm Turnbull had “entered the twilight zone” by dubbing the NBN ‘the telecommunications version of Cuba’.
“A large number of experts in information technology and communications – from the business world and from academia – have praised the NBN as a forward-thinking and significant development, but the Opposition continues to launch increasingly bizarre and desperate attacks on the project.”
“The Opposition has pounced on one aspect of a report from The Economist – regarding the level of public investment in the NBN – but ignored the overall conclusion which found the NBN is superior to the services in the United States and the United Kingdom. The ‘Economist Intelligence Unit’ is fanatically opposed to public investment in anything. If the ‘Intelligence Unit’ keeps publishing these wild-eyed neoliberal rants they may need to change their name to something else.”
“Australia is a vast country with low population density, yet Malcolm Turnbull continues to insist that we can provide good quality telecommunications infrastructure to all Australians on the cheap. There are 21 million people in this country and they don’t all live in the seat of Wentworth. We’re not going to deliver world-class telecommunications to them by cutting corners.”
We find it hard to disagree. The NBN policy has many flaws; but the Economist and Turnbull are not doing a particularly good job of highlighting them right now.