Greens pledge support for NBN

Greens pledge support for NBN

Summary: The Australian Greens Party has described the Coalition's objections to the National Broadband Network (NBN) as "wrecking tactics" in a statement, confirming the party's commitment to the multibillion-dollar project.


The Australian Greens Party has described the Coalition's objections to the National Broadband Network (NBN) as "wrecking tactics" in a statement, confirming the party's commitment to the multibillion-dollar project.

"The Opposition's wrecking tactics in the telco sector have gone far enough. With the in-principle agreement signed between Telstra and the Commonwealth, Tony Abbott no longer has a constituency for blocking, delaying and avoiding reforms," Greens ICT spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said in a statement.

"This is exactly the sort of long-term investment we should be making to give Australia some kind of future beyond the mining boom.

"The NBN should go ahead, with priority for communities in regional areas, and it should absolutely stay in public hands so that we don't see another repeat of the debacle that followed the privatisation of Telstra," Ludlam said.

Earlier this week the Greens announced a voting preference deal it had struck with Labor for the upcoming federal election. Under the deal, Greens preferences in the House of Representatives flow to Labor and Labor preferences in the Senate flow to the Greens. The arrangement is expected to result in the Greens holding the balance of power in the Senate.

Should Labor be returned and the Greens hold the balance of power, the Liberal Party would be unable to delay the passing of legislation relating to the NBN.

Ludlam was quick to point out to The Australian that no policy deals had been arranged in this, and that his party is still opposed to Labor's planned mandatory internet filtering legislation.

"We're not doing policy for preferences at all. We're not doing it over a carbon pric(ing) and we're certainly not doing it over the net filter," he reportedly said.

The Coalition has yet to release its ICT policy, but has previously promised to scrap the NBN if it wins the election. The AustralianIT has reported that the party plans to announce a three-pronged broadband strategy, which would see a large part of the canned Opel WiMax network revived, stronger powers for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and the continuation of laying backhaul links to regions where Telstra has been the only supplier.

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Government, Government AU, IT Employment


Armed with a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Journalism, Josh keeps a close eye on the telecommunications industry, the National Broadband Network, and all the goings on in government IT.

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  • YES! The Greens are against the filter, but they support the NBN. They've got my vote!
  • Agreed. It's a shame that the Greens views in regard to our countries IT needs aren't more widely held in either of our major political parties.
  • Don't get too carried away, RL & listen2me. The Greens may support the NBN, but now that they are preference buddies with the Labor party, there is no guarantee whatever that they will vote against internet censorship.

    Whatever individual Greens members may say, the Greens have never said that all their senators will vote against government internet censorship.

    Until this is resolved, the preference deal means that a vote for the Greens is a vote for the ALP, and therefore a vote for Conboy's censorship filter.
  • Gnome...

    Sen Ludlam said (above) - "his party is still opposed to Labor's planned mandatory internet filtering legislation".

    That's apparently the Greens position/policy and it's way better than Labors stance and way better than the Libs -

    Liberal party website - "Let’s see independently audited filtering trial results, and hear from experts in the field before deciding".

    Interestingly, the Libs coalition partners the Nats have apparently said they are against the filter? They also apparently oppose the Libs, by supporting the NBN? So there's solidarity via an each way bet, for you, lol... Vote Nats to get no filter and an NBN, you win and Abbott gives you no NBN and probably a filter...

    Maybe the Nats and Greens need to unite...LOL!!!

    Please enough scaremongering about preferences! The key is when voting, if voting for the Greens, use commonsense and cast your preferences as "you" want... You can vote Greens 1 Liberal 2 if you so choose.
  • The Greens will vote against the 'Net censor, but if the Libs vote with Labor on that, you will get it anyway. Rabid-Christian Tony Abbott has never said he would vote against the Filter. In fact he would live to have it.

    By the way. A vote for the Greens is not necessarily a vote for Labor. If enough vote Green, the candidate will get in. While a preference deal has been negotiated it is not across the board (unlike Liberal/National preferences) and if you make up your own mind about preferences then the preferences could be split between several parties, reducing the chance of all Green votes going to Labor, and reduce the chance of another Steve Fielding or Pauline Hanson outcome.

    If you live in Conroy's electorate, vote for Fiona Patten (Australian Sex party [at the time of this post, their website has exceeded its allocated bandwidth and is off line - must be popular]. She is against the filter), then Green, or vice versa, then preference the rest.

    Don't be afraid to put a cat amongst the pigeons electorally. It is time the 2 big, but becoming obsolete, parties had a cracker up their proverbial. They both are ditching support for Australia and its interests in favor of US style crap, and just this weekend, Abbott has stated that he will put the interests of the Mining Companies first, above everyone else!