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Thursday, 5 December 2013
Page: 1787


Ms SCOTT (Lindsay) (13:58): Once upon a time there was a fairy godfather named Steve. Steve had a magic wand, and supposed to make broadband services the envy of the world at a very reasonable price. The Western Weekender editor, Troy Dodds, who is here today, tells a very different story about his experience with the NBN. In fact, he was so frustrated with the process that he claims to now be starting a crusade to return to dial-up internet. Drastic, perhaps, but an indication of the people's anger with the previous government's smoke-and-mirrors policy.

Apparently, Penrith is NBN-ready. Troy arrived home one day to find a grey box outside his house. The only thing missing was a gift tag from Kevin and Julia—his words, not mine. He goes on to say that, after checking with his current broadband provider Optus, it was revealed that the charge for switching to the NBN was only $10 a month. Two appointments were set: one for an NBN tech to work his magic, and the other with Optus to install the modem. For Troy, the first sign of the NBN's clunky, difficult piece of infrastructure was two rather intrusive boxes installed in front of his house. He then hit a further technical snag where he could not do more, and the clunky boxes to connect to the NBN resulted in further delays. This just goes to show that the Labor Party's policy of NBN has continued to fail the people of Western Sydney.

The SPEAKER: In accordance with standing order 43, the time for members' statements has concluded.