blog It’s more or less an open secret in Australia’s telecommunications industry that the Coalition is planning to finally release its rival telecommunications policy this week to stack up against Labor’s National Broadband Network project. And the first round of media blitz activity around the effort has already commenced. This morning the Daily Telegraph reported that an analysis contained in the Coalition’s rival policy purported to show that the real cost of Labor’s NBN project would be up to $90 billion. The newspaper reports (click here for the full article):
“The Coalition policy claims retail prices charged to consumers would rise annually over the next nine years at double the rate of household electricity bills. Using modelling from key telcos and finance industry analysis of the NBN Co’s 2012 corporate plan, the Coalition has estimated it will take four years longer to finish and potentially cost an extra $45 billion to complete.”
To put it mildly, we’re relatively keen to get our hands on the Coalition’s modelling and policy details in this area, as we’re sure quite a few readers are as well. It is fascinating that the Coalition has chosen to release portions of its policy early through the Daily Telegraph; as with Malcolm Turnbull’s interview with radio shockjock Alan Jones last week, it speaks of an attempt to sway the opinion of the masses with the Coalition’s NBN rhetoric, rather than taking its message to the more informed end of town. And of course, the Daily Telegraph hasn’t precisely gone into detail to check the Coalition’s figures in this area; playing right into the Coalition’s hands. Stay tuned for further news as the alternative government spends this week detailing just what the future of the NBN would look like under an Abbott Government.