Labor's NBN Porkies
In the early days of a new Government, and following the appointment of a new NBNCo Board and Chairman (Dr. Ziggy Switskowski), the status of the NBN rollout is being reviewed. Existing contracts have been continued, so that there will be no loss of progress during the review.
However, it has been found that much of the publicised progress was falsely claimed under the outgoing ALP Government. An embarrassed ALP in Opposition now seeks to have you believe that Malcolm Turnbull has disrupted their fictitious programme of achievements. Not so! Malcolm Turnbull has stopped nothing, he has merely had the NBN web-site updated to provide factual information.
In my case, the rollout in the southern part of the suburb of Willaston was claimed to have commenced in February 2013 (12 months later than the original schedule), for completion by the end of this year. The NBNCo web-site now advises that "construction has not yet commenced" and says, in essence, "watch this space".
According to the Australian Newspaper, many of the ALP reports that fibre network access had been completed relate to building construction projectas which have not even started! Even more damning is the revelation that the NBNCo annual report for 2012/2013 was withheld during the federal election campaign, but it is now seen to paint a disastrous picture of NBNCo's poor performance.
Don't necessarily believe these few comments. Use your favourite search engine to read the full sorry story on the web.
Stopping The Boats
We are really unable to take direct action to "Stop the Boats", and are certainly unable to disregard the sovereign rights of Indonesia. However, at the ASEAN Conference, we could offer to assist in the enforcement by Indonesia of seaworthiness certification, in the provision of lifesaving equipment, and in the regulation of passenger capacity for boats, as indeed we have legislated in Australia.