House debates

Monday, 10 September 2018

Statements by Members


4:08 pm

Photo of Andrew LamingAndrew Laming (Bowman, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Thank you for bringing us to order. We're talking NBN. We know the deep and abiding passion on the other side of the chamber to take six years to connect 50,000 premises. This is the one-in-200 policy for the Labor Party over six years. They have constantly traduced our efforts to connect 11.8 million households in just seven years. That's a fair bit better than 50,000 if there's any arithmetic left on the other side. We're using mixed technology like every other nation in the know. It is a mixed technological approach. It has different cost efficiencies in different locations, depending on your points of interconnect, but all that is too much. The most these guys know about the NBN is where the local coffee cart is. They wouldn't know anything about high-tech communications infrastructure, but my locals in Birkdale, Ormiston and Alexandra Hills know about decent NBN services, as will Wellington Point and Cleveland when they are connected in October.

Honourable Member:

An honourable member interjecting

Photo of Andrew LamingAndrew Laming (Bowman, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I've got some interjections from over there on that side, where they connected 15 houses in their six years, depending on how close you were to a Labor minister. We have moved beyond the politics of dishing out NBN connections according to how senior you are in the Labor government. We're going to do 11.8 million connections—in the same time that they did 50,000—using mixed technology. And we've got the answers for Australians living in black spots that Labor were never going to fix. They became experts—like the North Korean Great Leader: he pointed at things, he looked at things, but by goodness he never fixed anything whatsoever.