Monday, 18 June 2007
Statements by Members
I rise today to welcome the government’s announcement of the new national high-speed network on broadband. This will have the effect of eliminating almost all black spots in outer metropolitan Adelaide and will be offering speeds of six megabits per second when implemented and up to 12 megabits per second by mid-2009. One of the features in my electorate of Boothby is that because of the geography and also because of the age of the infrastructure we have discrete broadband black spots. There are some in suburbs such as Flagstaff Hill, Marino and Warradale. This proposal builds on what we have already delivered, but, significantly, it offers faster speeds than Labor’s proposal, it will be available quicker and it has been done without raiding the Future Fund and without taxpayers paying for a service the private sector is prepared to pay for. It is an example of the benefits of good economic management in delivering services which the community requires.