THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery
12 August 2010
Federal Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, today called on the Country Liberal Party to abandon its support for the Coalition’s Broadband policy.
“It is abundantly clear that Territory farmers, pastoralists and Aboriginal community agencies would be damaged by a Coalition policy that abandons their needs,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Broadband is one very clear point of difference between Labor and the Opposition.
“Every remote Territory resident, from the pastoralist, the outstation school student, the health clinic nurse to the contractor working out bush will get access to greatly improved broadband under Labor.
“I am happy to relate that everyone outside Darwin without exception will have access high speed broadband internet. It is wrong to suggest that anybody will miss out under Labor’s National Broadband Network,” Mr Snowdon said.
“I have pursued the development of this policy initially and now with the Broadband plan to ensure that rural and remote Australia gains from Labor’s policy.
“If anyone was in any doubt, the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (ATUG), which represents the interests of businesses around Australia, have rejected Tony Abbott’s Broadband policy,” Mr Snowdon said.
“ATUG correctly identifies an increased digitial divide were Abbott’s backward looking policy to be implemented.
“ATUG has judged Labor’s NBN to be in line with its objective of nationwide highspeed broadband connectivity,” Mr Snowdon said.
“As reported on the ABC today, ATUG considers Abbott’s proposal ‘is not fast enough’, that people in rural and remote locations are going to miss out on services’ that others will get.
“No one will take the CLP or their candidates seriously if they let the Coalition ignore the bush.
“Lingiari deserves better broadband and we, along with the rest of Australia, will get one under Labor’s NBN,” Mr Snowdon said.
MEDIA CONTACT: ALICE PLATE (0400 045 999)