blog This morning’s Financial Review (where else?) has published a spanking new lengthy profile of Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Among other things, the Liberal MP addresses his reputation amongst ‘NBN backers’, who, he believes, are treating him a little unfairly. The Financial Review quotes Turnbull (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“They try to paint me as a zealot, when in reality I am so unzealous on technology it is not funny; I am totally agnostic and in favour of whatever works. Whatever works and whatever is most cost-effective is what I want to pursue.”
We can’t help but find this a little ironic, considering that it was only last week that Turnbull himself was accusing certain technology journalists (ahem) of being NBN ‘zealots’ themselves and whipping up pro-NBN fervour “among tech-savvy citizens who wanted the ultimate broadband regardless of more feasible alternatives”. Seems like what’s good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander? A quick message for Mr Turnbull: Anyone can throw the ‘zealot’ word around. But what takes a great deal more courage is to publish the rival NBN policy you’ve painstakingly developed behind closed doors, or even answer basic questions about it. Now that would be pragmatic … or perhaps we’re being a little too ‘zealous’ in our quest for the truth?
Image credit: Office of Malcolm Turnbull