No NBN cuts for Qld floods: Gillard

No NBN cuts for Qld floods: Gillard

Summary: Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said there will be no delay to the roll-out of the National Broadband Network in order to fund the Queensland flood recovery despite calls from the Federal Opposition to scrap the project in light of the disaster.

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said there will be no delay to the roll-out of the National Broadband Network to fund the Queensland flood recovery despite calls from the Federal Opposition to scrap the project in light of the disaster.

The recovery effort from the Queensland flood disaster is expected to cost the Federal Government approximately $5.6 billion, but Gillard told journalists at the National Press Club in Canberra today that funding would not come from delaying or cancelling the $36.5 billion NBN project.

"Australians rightly expect their government to be able to do more than one thing at the same time," she said. "So 2011 remains a year when I will be delivering the National Broadband Network, creating more opportunity through education reforms, improving healthcare and a year when I will make long-term decisions on increasing participation and pricing carbon. That's my job and that's what I'll do," said Gillard.

Instead, the government plans to fund the recovery through the delay of a number of projects including six road projects in Queensland, scrapping a number of environment tax rebate initiatives and introducing a one-off tax levy of between 0.5 and 1 per cent for income earners earning over $50,000 per annum.

The Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology Robert Schwarten's office also told Computerworld that all government departments will be reviewing projects, including those related to information and communications technology.

Topics: Government, Broadband, Government AU, NBN

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  • Good to hear. I would hate to think Australia had a spineless leader that would give in so easily to the crybabies.
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • Hubert your troll bait is getting funnier.
    mwil19-a34f7
  • Is that an admission of something? I would never call anyone a troll, I'm far too polite.
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • Only thing I was making reference to was that your statement about Gillard not being spineless is comical.
    mwil19-a34f7
  • Seems a reasonable assessment of the current situation. You cant accuse me of bias as I've said before I didn't vote for either of these parties.
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • I'd probably put the Australian Sex Party first these days, at least they're upfront about f#$%ing the electorate.
    mwil19-a34f7
  • Good to hear! There is no point holding our digital economy to ransom when our future is dependant on the income from this new technology
    fibretech
  • I recently saw scant details of a $16.00 antenna attachment that alludes the CSIRO has successfully used to transmit an experimental high speed broadband signal to a mast antenna ???????. Does anyone out there have further details.
    Stuart1949
  • Hi Ross1949,

    The CSIRO has been trialling this technology in Tasmania recently. It's still ongoing. You can find out more here:

    http://www.zdnet.com.au/csiro-trials-tv-aerial-wi-fi-broadband-339308066.htm

    Regards,

    Josh Taylor
    Josh Taylor
  • Knuckleheadedness, does not equate to politeness you dork !
    Wallingford-314a6
  • Well no one ever said you were polite Waffleton, I was of course speaking of myself... btw how old are you? by all the old world words you use like "goose" and "knucklehead" I just assume you are about 70 or 80, so really your opinion on the NBN is effectively null and void since you'll be dead soon. "Died of old age trying to debate the NBN" it'll say on your gravestone.
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • Ha ha !
    Wallingford-314a6
  • Yep, very interesting.......and I'd rather put our future trust in the hands of the CSIRO, than Conroy !
    Wallingford-314a6
  • I should have realized I was replying to the posts of an idiotic and demented juvenile. For a while there though, I really thought you were RS, but I now realize that you are far more stupid than he is.
    Wallingford-314a6
  • Apart from your poor grammar skills you actually have nothing useful to add to this conversation do you?
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • Confirmed. Just remember people, we are dealing with and old age pensioner here, go easy on him, we know his only motives now for opposing the NBN is becasue he'll never be around long enough to enjoy it.
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • Ha Ha Ha, it is now obvious that Heckle and Jeckle (whilst using the same keyboard), are trying to outdo each other. Have fun kiddies !
    Wallingford-314a6