Aussies in favour of NBN flood chop: poll

Aussies in favour of NBN flood chop: poll

Summary: Scrapping or postponing the National Broadband Network (NBN) roll-out is the Australian people's most preferred means of funding the flood relief program in Queensland and Victoria, according to a new poll.


Scrapping or postponing the National Broadband Network (NBN) roll-out is the Australian people's most preferred means of funding the flood relief program in Queensland and Victoria, according to a new poll.

Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, has repeatedly called for the NBN funding to be diverted to the reconstruction efforts, claiming Queensland residents suffering in the wake of the state's catastrophic floods would rather have transport infrastructure rebuilt than the "interactive gambling" he believes the NBN will offer. However, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has rejected the comments, describing Abbott as ignorant and as displaying an inability to understand the difference between investment and spending.

The poll was conducted by social and market research company, Your Source, and released by Essential Media Communications, an agency which aids in conducting campaigns on behalf of organisations such as unions, especially in the political sphere. More than a thousand respondents voted in the poll. It is available online in full (PDF).

However, the survey didn't crown a clearly preferred solution above any other. Although receiving the most votes (28 per cent), postponing the NBN was only one of the three most popular options. Solutions such as postponing the return of the budget to surplus was the next most popular response at 24 per cent; while the Gillard Government's plan to introduce a one-off levy was the third favourite, with 22 per cent of respondents in favour of that option.

Raising taxes on mining companies was one of the least successful options — chosen by 10 per cent of respondents only — followed by selling off Medibank Private (2 per cent). There were significant differences of opinion across political factions.

The respondents who identified themselves as Labor voters were the least keen on scrapping or postponing the NBN (11 per cent), favouring instead the one-off levy (42 per cent). Meanwhile, nearly half of Liberal/National voters supported scrapping or postponing the NBN (48 per cent) against the one-off levy (9 per cent). Greens voters were spread across postponing the return to surplus (27 per cent), a tax on mining profits (23 per cent) and introducing a levy (22 per cent). Only 10 per cent of them supported scrapping the NBN.

The survey, which was conducted online from 25 to 30 January of 1053 participants aged 18 or more, showed demography could also be a key factor when discussing funding options. People aged 55 or over considered scrapping or postponing the NBN as the most feasible solution (40 per cent).

Furthermore, when asked about whether broadband services were better run by the private sector or by government, more than half of the respondents, 53 per cent, answered they believed private companies were best suited for the job. In this respect, both Labor and coalition voters expressed their favour of the private sector.

In fact, 44 per cent of Labor voters would like to see private companies running broadband, while 38 per cent of them support government involvement. Liberal/National voters clearly preferred broadband services being run by the private sector (63 per cent) instead of the government (24 per cent).

Topics: Broadband, Government, Government AU, NBN

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  • Yes !!
    I would have thought it has been transparent for a long time the majority of internet users are not heavy internet consumers and consequently most of us have the internet in perspective and are happy with what we have.
    In reality it's the average Aussie funding reliability and speed for business with a few heavy private users in tow it has not been thought out and it the implication will be add hock at best.
    Just White Elephant and an all consuming money pit.
  • Cant deny facts and the fact is the majority of Australians want the NBN, this was expressed at the last election and these results further reinforce the point. Get used to it chimps.
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • Everyday i get a new reason not to vist this site.

    28% does not equal = Aussies in favour of NBN flood chop: poll

    That is not even half... not even close to half.....

    Now reading further into the stats..... 48% of those polled we Liberal/Coalition supporters. Further diluting the 28% support.

    More like %14 support it..... In other words F*&K all!

    ZDNET... Pick up your game!!
  • The election was about more issues than just the NBN.
  • Learn to read.
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • Give them a break you have to throw Abbott and the rest of his zoo a bone once in a while, even if it just amounts to an erroneous headline.
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • Reread your statement and you'll see the implication you made. No need to be rude about it.
  • I made no implication, you made an assumption. Not surprised.
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • I do not know why I get sucked into responding to you lot of technophiles but I suppose I must in the hope (probably vain) that some common sense may filter through.

    Point 1 - 95% of Aussies do not want fibre to the home. Increasingly people in metro areas and large regional centres are happy with either ADSL if they want to be tethered to a desk or (a much larger percentage) want to use mobile comms. My family all use their Apple notebooks and iPads with built in wireless comms and would not dream of plugging into a cable - fibre or copper.
    Point 2 - Spending $37B or $53B or whatever the final cost will be (who knows?) on an NBN when the country is being overwhelmed with more pressing needs is madness. Fibre to the node - not problem - to the home no way.
    Point 3 - Julia and her mates with soon be swapping sides in the house of Reps. It is only a matter of time before either Oakshott or Windsor or even Brandt have some sort of epiphany and vote with the coalition in a no confidence motion because as sure as God made little apples the bulk of the Australian people have totally lost confidence in the ALP.


    PS for the sake of RS I have carefully checked the spelling of this post
  • The current government won the most seats (if you include independents) but they didn't win the most votes. Therefore the majority of Australians didn't vote for this incarnation of an NBN. Guess we are both making assumptions today.
  • I have to agree with you completely.

    No one I know was polled
  • Waiting for your pay cheque from the LNP i see
  • I'd would dispute that claim but it's not even the issue, I said "The Majority of Australians want the NBN, this was expressed at the last election" this statement can stand on it's own regardless of the election outcome. See you made an assumption about something I said and got it horribly wrong. Thanks for stopping by.
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • Point 4 - You dont know what you are talking about.
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • Ooh PS Brain (pun and spelling error intended) had you not mentioned me, I wouldn't have bothered with you, so...
  • Love your optimism but the majority of Australians DID NOT VOTE Labor at the last election, hence your statement is invalid. Furthermore there were a myriad of issues brought up at the election, not just the NBN so the election result can't be seen as an expression of voter sentiment for one issue only.
  • You know what else I've noticed, the anti-NBN crowd seem to be quite an assuming lot. See no where in my post I said the election was just about the NBN but mwl9 here thinks I did. The NBN was a big issue true but of course it wasn't the only issue, we know that. No need to state the obvious... oh wait maybe we do they get confused sometimes, too many big words you see.
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • mwil19... from my understanding and I will certaily stand corrected here if incorrect... at the GST election, Beazley actually received over 50% of the vote but lost in the marginals.

    That's our system (which obviously sux, all round) and I don't recall people stupidly suggesting the Coalition didn't have a mandate for the GST.
  • It's irrelevant who voted for who, the current government in power has an NBN policy and that is build a FTTH network, get over it and stop your crying... this has nothing to do with the majority of people wanting the NBN btw, I'd just like to clarify, I noticed you still seem to be confused about my original statement...
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • Communications Minister Stephen Conroy : the intenet censorship man.

    He reminds me of that minister in the old TV series "Yes Minister"
    only problem is Conroy is as dangerous to free speech and intrnet freedom as Himmler was in the 1930's.