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Comms Minister Slams Labor Party Over Regional Net Stance

Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher, has slammed the Labor Party for being “uncharacteristically silent” about the Morrison Government’s $750 million co-investment into regional NBN infrastructure, which it announced last week.

This follows the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union’s dismissal of the upgrade announcement as “a joke”. The CEPU called this pre-election announcement “throwing cash at the NBN”.

In a blog post titled, ‘What does Labor have against regional internet users?’, Fletcher called the CEPA “Labor’s union masters”, writing:

“Labor needs to come clean on what, if anything, it plans to do to provide better, faster internet services across the fixed wireless network.

“The NBN is a critical part of our national regional infrastructure—creating jobs, connecting families, and supporting business.

“The upgrades we have announced this week, with an investment of $480 million from the Morrison Government, will directly benefit around 50, 000 regional businesses with active fixed wireless services.

“Regional and remote Australians deserve to know: will Labor back the Government’s $750 million plan? Or will Labor take its lead from its union masters and turn its back on regional and remote broadband users?”

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