Gillard: Only Labor On NBN (DESPITE Liberal U-Turn)
Embattled Prime Minister is insisting her Labor government is the only one that will deliver high speed broadband to Oz, in the form of its flagship $36bn NBN policy, despite the Opposition now saying it wouldn’t pull up cables or cancel contracts if it came to power.
“The only government that will build the national broadband network is this Labor government,” Julia Gillard insisted to media at the weekend.
Shadow Communications Minister (and vociferous NBN-hater) Malcolm Turnbull told SMH last week the Coalition would not pull $1.8 billion worth of NBN contracts already signed, if it came into power at the next election.
In an apparent U-turn last week, Turnbull admitted: “No, the Coalition will not cancel or roll back the NBN. The NBN will continue to roll out but we will do so in a cost-effective manner in particular in built-up areas.”
Instead, Turnbull said his side would renegotiate the contracts to accomodate a range of “different architectures” and lower the costs of the NBN project which he deemed “the single most expensive and time-consuming way possible” to deliver high speed broadband to the nation.
The comments came as the embattled PM is already busy defending her Carbon Tax policy which went live yesterday, July 01.