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NBN in focus ahead of Malcolm Turnbull's arrival in Griffith

The NBN has take centre stage in the Griffith byelection.

The NBN has take centre stage in the Griffith byelection. Photo: Reuters

The National Broadband Network has become the focus of the Griffith byelection campaign ahead of Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull's arrival in the electorate.

Labor candidate Terri Butler and shadow communications spokesman Jason Clare campaigned in Griffith on Tuesday morning, with the NBN firmly on their agenda.

But Liberal National Party candidate Bill Glasson insisted Griffith residents would not be worse off under the Coalition's plan, which would remain in place whoever won Saturday's byelection.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull will campaign with Liberal National Party candidate Bill Glasson in the Griffith byelection.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull will campaign with Liberal National Party candidate Bill Glasson in the Griffith byelection. Photo: Nic Walker

Ms Butler said all homes and businesses would have received the NBN within the next three years had Labor won the 2013 general election.

The Labor Party, led by former Griffith MP Kevin Rudd, convincingly lost the election to the Tony Abbott-led Coalition, which won 90 seats to the ALP's 55, including the now-vacant seat of Griffith.

“Griffith is a growing area, with many local businesses reliant on access to high speed, quality broadband, and this access also impacts on the value of people's properties and on where people choose to live in the electorate,” Ms Butler said.

“Under Labor, all of Griffith would have received the NBN, but under the LNP that won't happen.”

Despite the Abbott government's unassailable lead in Federal Parliament, Mr Clare said there was a “lot at stake” in Saturday's byelection for Griffith voters keen on faster broadband.

Mr Clare said the Coalition's NBN was a “second rate copper network that is nothing more than a pale imitation” of Labor's scheme.

In a question and answer session with Brisbane Times readers on Tuesday, Dr Glasson said Griffith voters would be well served by the Coalition's version of the NBN.

“We have a coalition NBN plan which aims to deliver fit for purpose outcomes to meet the data needs of whatever facility we are aiming to service,” he said.

“We will certainly deliver fibre to our businesses, hospitals, schools, government agencies etc and in terms of the home we will have fibre to the node (the box in front of your house) and with this we can deliver up to 50 megabits per second or higher.

“This will be delivered two years earlier and $27 billion less in cost than the proposed Labor plan.”

Dr Glasson was an “NBN champion” – a voluntary position for high-stature people to promote Labor's NBN – prior to his preselection as an LNP candidate.

Mr Turnbull, whose portfolio puts him in charge of the NBN, will arrive in Brisbane on Tuesday night to assist Dr Glasson's campaign in Griffith.

Mr Turnbull and Dr Glasson have a scheduled stop at the Carindale Westfield Shopping Centre on Wednesday morning.

Both Dr Glasson and Ms Butler will take part in a candidates’ forum at Davies Park, West End, on Wednesday night, along with eight of the other nine candidates.

The other candidates expected to be in attendance are Geoff Ebbs (Greens), Ray Sawyer (Katter's Australia Party), Christopher Williams (Family First), Timothy Lawrence (Stable Population Party), Melanie Thomas (Pirate Party), Anne Reid (Secular Party) and independents Travis Windsor and Karel Boele.

36 comments

  • The LNP continues to peddle mistruths about NBN. At 2AM when every other part of the electorate doesn't have electricity following a storm you might get the "up to speeds." They are snake oil salesmen that have destroyed the infrastructure Australia needs to stay competitive with our neighbours. LNP has no plans for the future, all they have plans for is to send us back to the 1950's into the white male dominated society.

    Commenter
    NorthQ
    Date and time
    February 04, 2014, 6:58PM
    • Omce again the LNP are peddaling lies as they do. The NBN was to deliver high speed broadband to all. The LNP's version will deliver high speed broadband to a selected few and crappy speeds to the rest. Ask Turnbull what the upload speeds will be, somebody please/!. Why are we to be treated differently from other Australians. We have a new estate opposite us about 500m away. They will get the NBN with 100Mb/s uploads and downloads which will not slow with congestion. Why are we in our estate subjected to 50Mb/s (assuming they can get to that) which slows with congestion. Businesses in our area need the 100Mb/s both ways. The LNP's version of broadband has not progressed passed dialup. Mind you they are preserving Rupert Murdoch's empire by restricting broadband speeds.. The NBN and access to high speed broadband is one of the most blatant efforts by the LNP to serve their master Murdoch. You only have to look at what they have done so far.
      Not installed Gonski
      Hit disability support
      Stopped low income super payments
      Mind you Cadbury's has received support .
      Women on $150,000 will get $75,000 maternity leave
      Lied about the reasons to support SPC
      etc etc
      This is the most disgusting national government we have seen in 50 years.
      .

      Commenter
      Pollyho
      Date and time
      February 04, 2014, 9:02PM
    • +1
      Peak speeds (or 'up to' speed) are far less important than guaranteed minimum speed.

      Commenter
      Scotty16
      Date and time
      February 05, 2014, 7:38AM
    • Remember the good old days when Telstra was owned by the taxpayer we had the best phone system in the world, the cost of calls was regulated and they still made a profit. Those profits were put back into maintaining the system. Then some idiot sold most of for short term gain and we have been paying hand over fist ever since with the service getting worse and worse.

      Commenter
      Mike D
      Date and time
      February 05, 2014, 7:46AM
    • "We will certainly deliver fibre to our businesses, hospitals, schools, government agencies etc and in terms of the home we will have fibre to the node (the box in front of your house) and with this we can deliver up to 50 megabits per second or higher." Another example of Liberal lies. The box in front of your house is not the node it is just a pit where the copper cable running down the street is connected to the cable into your house. The node is a pillar or box usually found at the corner of the main road nearest to your house. This is where the major cable feeding into your area breaks down to individual street cables. The node can be hundreds of metres from your house.

      Commenter
      Peter Stanton
      Date and time
      February 05, 2014, 8:38AM
  • It's okay Libs, you got in, you can stop trying to pretend that your crappy fraudband is anything other than a giant con.

    Commenter
    Kate
    Location
    Brisbane
    Date and time
    February 04, 2014, 7:02PM
    • The Coalitions's NBN will almost cost the same as Labor's but will last maybe 10 years before needing to be re-done anyway.. Our suburb has copper that needs replacement all through it but it just keeps getting patched. My internet slows by 80% every time it rains but my ISP tells me as the speed is still above 150 kilobytes a second it "meets service guarantees". How will a copper network based NBN be any different?

      Commenter
      Kit
      Location
      Gold Coast
      Date and time
      February 04, 2014, 7:19PM
      • I feel sorry for you. Largely because I am in exactly the same boat on all counts and Telstra don't give a toss.

        Commenter
        Neal
        Location
        Cairns
        Date and time
        February 04, 2014, 9:45PM
      • Adopting industry best practice for the FTTP roll out has the potential to make a full FTTP roll out actually cheaper and faster than the MTM could be.

        "f implemented nationally, it has the potential to deliver fibre to the home at half the cost of Labor’s original costing of $37.4 billion and in just five years"

        http://www.constructionindustrynews.net/storyview.asp?storyid=801881256

        Commenter
        Goresh
        Location
        Brisbane
        Date and time
        February 05, 2014, 12:38AM
    • The Emperor in waiting Turnbull will flim-flam around about the fibre to the node speeds and capacity but he still has no clothes an an incapacity to deliver except to his mates in the industry. Talk about a conflict of interest when you are a major shareholder in iinet and other businesses!

      Commenter
      Clive
      Location
      Manly West
      Date and time
      February 04, 2014, 7:53PM

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