The NBN has been in the news a lot today, and for all the wrong reasons. It reminds us that the government’s NBN, of course, is a complete farce. It is slow, it is costly, and it uses infrastructure that is out of date. But we know all that.
I think we need to remind ourselves that there is one person, and one person only, who is responsible for providing Australia with a broadband network that is truly pathetic. One that saddles Australia with one of the worst internet speeds in the world. One that places Australian businesses at a disadvantage in a global market. One that also disadvantages the fields of education, science, medicine, technology . . . and on the list goes. One that could take an untold amount of time and money to replace.
But it was his job. The only job he had to do:
Tony Abbott has ordered Malcolm Turnbull to “demolish” the Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) as he today brought him back to the Coalition frontbench to head up its communications portfolio.
Remember that. It was Malcolm Turnbull.
And in spite of promoting himself as an astute businessman and visionary, Malcolm Turnbull agreed to do it . . .