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Monday, 4 December 2017
Page: 9532


Senator O'NEILL (New South Wales) (16:47): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator O'NEILL: After that terrible dig at the people of Bennelong, they know they've been sold a pup by this government. The NBN has delivered primarily HFC into that electorate. We know that that is a failing technology—a technology that was determined as appropriate for the Australian people by Mr Turnbull himself when he was the Minister for Communications. He has inflicted a failing technology into the seat of Bennelong. As we hear, it's the centre of significant innovation through Macquarie University in that hub. That whole area is now compromised because of the decision of this government to give a second-rate, failing NBN to Australia. The Prime Minister is responsible for the decision. The NBN have abandoned the Optus HFC. Now they've had to abandon the technology itself, which is leaking information left, right and centre. This is a shemozzle from go to whoa. The minute Malcolm got his hands on it, Australians got sold a lemon of an NBN.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that notice of motion No. 622 be agreed to.