Labor Pledges Fibre NBN for Shailer Park, Waterford and Loganholme
21 Jun 2016
THE HON JASON CLARE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS
MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR FORDE
LABOR WILL FIBRE UP SHAILER PARK, LOGANHOLME AND WATERFORD
An incoming Shorten Labor Government will direct NBN Co to prioritise the roll out of Fibre-to-the-Premises to Shailer Park, Loganholme, and Waterford.
Fast broadband will create local jobs. That’s why a Shorten Labor Government will roll out Fibre-to-the-Premises to local communities, and up to two million homes and businesses across the nation.
In 2013, Malcolm Turnbull promised the people of Australia that they would get the NBN this year. Three years later and the rollout of Malcolm Turnbull’s second-rate Fibre-to-the-Node network has not even started for these areas.
“The cost of Malcolm Turnbull’s second-rate NBN has almost doubled, and the time it will take to build has more than doubled,” Shadow Minister for Communications, Jason Clare, said.
“In that time, Australia has dropped from 30th in the world for internet speeds to 60th.”
Labor candidate for Forde, Des Hardman, said delivery of the local NBN rollout was long overdue.
“Malcolm Turnbull and the Member for Forde promised the NBN would be delivered to Shailer Park, Loganholme and Waterford this year. But nothing has happened.”
“Worse still, despite the poor state of broadband in Shailer Park, it has not even been included on the Liberal’s NBN rollout plan. It’s just not good enough.”
As the Labor candidate for Forde, Des Hardman has listened to the community and identified that the NBN will be a game changer families and businesses.
“I’ve been out speaking to people in Shailer Park and they are angry that they have not even been included on the roll out list. I spoke to Andrew, a Shailer Park resident who operates an engineering consultancy business. He could have established his business here in Logan, but instead he operates out of the Brisbane CBD because it has the communications infrastructure he needs to compete in the marketplace.”
State Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni said businesses and families are being left behind by the Coalition. “If the LNP were in touch they would know it is virtually impossible to work from home with their third world internet. That cuts options for families and puts a handbrake on the economy,” he said.
“I am standing shoulder to shoulder with this community on NBN and congratulate Des Hardman and Bill Shorten for coming to Shailer Park and actually listening to people.”
For this election the choice for the residents of Shailer Park, Loganholme and Waterford is clear: Malcolm Turnbull’s outdated and expensive to maintain copper system, or Fibre-to-the-Pemises under a Labor government.
Only Labor will fix Malcolm Turnbull’s mess and ensure our community gets the vital infrastructure of the 21st century that it needs.