Saturday, September 14, 2013

Want NBN? Vote for change.

Okay, so the Coalition won the election and one of their policies was a cut-rate broadband network.

I have to accept that.

But you see, now there's this petition on calling on the Coalition to dump their cut-rate plan and deliver the best possible network across Australia. Not just a cheap one, but a good one. Maybe even an excellent one, but let's not get carried away.

But Malcolm Turnbull, who's almost certain to be in charge of such things, has dismissed the petition on the basis of "we won, we don't need no stinking NBN, get over it".

Or something like that.

So yes, they did tell us before the election that they didn't want a superior network and "we" still voted them in (I didn't, but someone did). But NBN was just one issue and no one in their right mind can claim that an election result demonstrates support for every policy announced prior to election day.

It's not like they got 100% of the vote, after all. Heck, without The Nationals - who Joe Hockey dismissed as nothing more than a "protest movement" - I think they barely passed the required majority to form a government.

And, anyway, if we really wanted ACRB (Abbotts' Cut-Rate Broadband), we would have given Tony a majority in the Senate. But we didn't do that and I'm going to come right and and suggest that the reason we didn't was because we want a proper, world-class, broadband network. If Malcolm had promoted such a thing before the election, he'd be basking in the glory of a two-house majority now, and this discussion wouldn't be necessary. But Malcom tried to convince us we aren't that important internationally and so we only need ACRB, and his party suffered in the Senate as a result.

Hell, if Tony and Malcom can claim a mandate based on House of Representatives' voting, I can claim a countermand based on Senate results. Fair's fair.

So, like I said before "no one in their right mind can claim that an election result demonstrates support for every policy announced prior to election day."

Now, I'll grant that Mr Turnbull might not be someone in his right mind but, frankly, I have some admiration for the man and I think it's far more likely he's just saying what he thinks he has to say - especially since he hasn't even officially got the job yet (His colleagues have kicked him up the arse before for having opinions on stuff, so who can blame him for being cautious occasionally? He's working with idiots.).

Anyway, if you think online petitions have any merit whatsoever, and if you want the best broadband network we can have, then you might consider a "Vote for Change" by adding your name to the NBN Petition.

Communications director for, a US-based social enterprise, said the NBN petition had passed 120,000 signatures making it the most-signed petition on in Australia. [The Age]

Support has doubled since that figure was published. Making it now twice as popular as itself, so it's officially the most-most-signed petition.

And please, if you disagree with excellent NBN on the basis of cost, then remember that "we" have also voted to pay rich families $3000 a week, plus superannuation, just to have a baby - something poor people have been doing for millennia.


NBN plans said...

Some subscribers are getting mad because of slow connection. There are lot of NBN plans. Just choose the right plan for your internet usage. Before that, try to evaluate the volume of your usage so that you can choose the right internet plan.

Andy said...

Thanks for commenting Active8me (I'd prefer if you properly identified your business when you're linking to it in future. Google adds an automatic "no follow" to comment links so I see little benefit in being coy).

I don't think choosing plans will be as much of a problem with the Coalition model.