Conroy: Coalition NBN Alternative ‘Quicker and Will Cost Less’
Senator Stephen Conroy this morning conceded the Labor Government’s $50 billion version of the National Broadband Network will cost more and take longer than the approach proposed by the Coalition.
Why then has Labor refused to evaluate any alternatives? And why has Senator Conroy refused to subject his plan for the NBN to cost-benefit analysis?
Speaking on ABC Radio Senator Conroy stated: “It would be quicker and will cost less to build a fibre-to-the-node network. That is just an unambiguous fact.”
This moment of candour raises serious questions the Government must answer immediately:
- How much more will Australians pay for the NBN because of Labor’s failure to properly investigate the alternatives?
- How many additional years will it be before all Australians have access to fast affordable broadband?
- Why did Senator Conroy prevent the alternatives being properly evaluated?
- Exactly what actions did Senator Conroy and the then Minister for Finance, Lindsay Tanner, take to ensure Labor’s NBN policy provided value for money?
Labor’s NBN is yet another example of this Government’s incompetence in delivering programs and disrespect for taxpayers.
At the next election the Coalition will offer a policy that delivers universal access to fast broadband sooner, at less cost to taxpayers, and at more affordable prices for consumers.