The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said that Mr Hartsuyker, as the Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, had the chance to support improved broadband services for regional Australians but refused.
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said that Mr Hartsuyker, as the Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, had the chance to support improved broadband services for regional Australians but refused. FILE STOCK

MP switched off over broadband

COWPER MP Luke Hartsuyker is under fire for again refusing to support legislation which will deliver improved broadband services.

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said that Mr Hartsuyker, as the Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, had the chance to support improved broadband services for regional Australians but refused.

“Once again we have seen the National Party put its loyalty to the Liberals before their own constituents. It is a travesty for regional Australians that the Nationals put politics before the delivery of improved services to their constituents,” Senator Conroy said.

He said two important bills passed through the House of Representatives this week without the support of the Liberals and Nationals – The National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010 and the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measure — Access Arrangements) Bill 2010. Both will move to the Senate for consideration.

“It is mystifying that Luke Hartsuyker described the legislation as ‘a very bad outcome for Australia’.

“The bills will deliver faster and cheaper broadband. NBN Co will provide uniform wholesale pricing, which means no matter where people live, they will get improved, more reliable broadband at prices comparable to those they pay today,

“For rural and regional Australians, the NBN means more choice of broadband products and providers at a price that is in line with what people pay in capital cities.

“The Nationals ‘just-say-no’ approach to the NBN is trashing the interests of their own constituents. Under the NBN, the Gillard

Government is ensuring all Australians, including those in the electorate of Cowper, have access to affordable, high speed broadband.”

Senator Conroy said communities across Cowper which are set to receive fibre to the home technology under the NBN include Maclean, Corindi Beach, Woolgoolga, Emerald Beach, Coffs Harbour, Sawtell, Urunga, Nambucca Heads, Macksville, Scotts Head, Stuarts Point, South West Rocks and Kempsey.



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