Mr TURNBULL (Wentworth—Minister for Communications) (14:57): I thank the honourable member for
his question. The Intergenerational report, through every page, cries out for innovation, for science, for
technology and for productivity. The reality is, if we are to win the opportunities that the future offers us and seize
the future in the optimistic way the Treasurer has described—as the government describes—then we need to be
able to embrace the future. We need to be able to embrace volatility. Volatility has to be our friend not our enemy.
The future is not something we proof ourselves against. It is something we embrace. To do that, we need to be
nimble; we need to be agile. We must never approach problems in a rigid, ideological way harking back to the
past. The NBN is a classic example.
We have been focused from the outset on what the customer needs. What
does the customer need? Very good broadband. What technology should be used? Whatever technology is most
cost-effective at the time—
Ms Ryan interjecting—
The SPEAKER: The member for Lalor will desist.
Mr TURNBULL: And what that is today may be different tomorrow—whereas the Labor Party was driven by
ideology into locking itself into one slow and expensive platform.
link is here. Page 8.
Fuck you Turnbull. Fuck you. Fibre-to-the-Premises (hereafter FTTP) being slower to roll out than Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) is something that cannot be categorically stated. All projects run into issues, and certainly installing FTTP at my own home ran into issues, since the tunnel the fibre was to be channelled through (the same one the existing copper was running through) had collapsed at some point, and thus had to be fixed before it could go in.
But there’s many things in this life that are worth doing once and doing it bloody RIGHT (like dad always used to say “If you’re going to do it, do it right the first time”). Internet is ABSOLUTELY one of them. Damn the expense. In 10 years’ time, people wouldn’t remember, or would be saying it was worth it.
Instead, you’re half-assing it, and it’ll have to be re-done again when the copper shits itself (you know, the copper that was “5 minutes to midnight” in 2003…). And it’s going to cost even more then.
You should be building something that’s going to support Australians now AND into the future, not telling us it’s not necessary because we don’t need it now and so we’ll do it in a “cost-effective” way.
Gods, you’re a fucking idiot.