The NSW Government has jumped on the National Broadband Network
bandwagon, pushing to have the headquarters of the planned
government corporation within its borders.
"The NSW Government is certainly putting in a bid to be the home
base for the National Broadband Network and we will be making
strong representations to the Federal Government on this important
issue and do our utmost to gain more jobs for NSW," a spokesperson
for the government said.
NSW was the nation's premier state and Australia's business and
finance capital, the spokesperson continued. 76 per cent of
regional headquarters were located in Sydney along with 46 per cent
of specialist ICT businesses, according to the spokesperson, who
pointed out that Sydney was also the financial hub of the country
with 83 per cent of foreign and domestic banks.
"Financing is critical and Sydney/NSW will provide the best
access," the spokesperson said. "Sydney has the best chance of
attracting international investors — only NSW has the talent
pool to provide the skills necessary for successful
In addition, NSW led research and development expenditure, with
the state spending $3.8 billion in the 2006/2007 financial year,
the spokesperson concluded.
Queensland and Victoria have already
put forward their own calls to have the corporation based in their own domains.
A spokesperson for the South Australian Minister for Science and
Information Economy said that SA was seeking more information
from the Federal Government about the project and what it would
mean for the state.
A spokesperson for Western Australian Treasurer Troy Buswell
said that WA was still considering details of the federal plan for