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Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Page: 11986


Mr VASTA (Bonner) (13:49): Today, I rise to speak yet again on broadband internet in my electorate of Bonner. I am extremely pleased to have much better news for my constituents following the NBN's release of its new three-year rollout plan. After years of frustration under Labor's slow, expensive and flawed plan, today I am proud to announce that over 59,500 homes and businesses in Bonner will soon have access to superfast broadband. That means within three years, 80 per cent of the homes and businesses in the Bonner community will be NBN ready.

Next year, construction will begin at over 22,000 premises in Mount Gravatt, Mount Gravatt East, Upper Mount Gravatt, Holland Park, Holland Park West, Mansfield, Wishart and Macgregor. These suburbs will be connected to the NBN via HFC. The rest of my electorate will be connected either via HFC or fibre-to-the-node technology—a decade sooner than they would have under Labor's plan.

Again, I would like to thank the former communications minister, the Prime Minister, for his outstanding work in reining in the costs of the NBN. Thanks to him, Australians will receive fast internet years sooner. I would also like to thank the current communications minister, Senator Mitch Fifield, for continuing this good work and ensuring that every home and business in Australia will have access to superfast broadband by 2010.