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Darwin divided by broadband under Coalition

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Campaign Media Release

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Broadband,

Communications and the Digital Economy Anthony Albanese

Candidate for Solomon Luke Gosling


Darwin will be a city divided into broadband haves and have nots if the Rudd Labor Government is not re-elected at next month’s federal election.

Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull would wreck Federal Labor’s National Broadband Network (NBN), denying most people in Darwin access to the boundless educational, health, lifestyle and commercial opportunities this essential infrastructure delivers.

“Right now, construction on the NBN’s fibre network has commenced or is complete to 25,000 homes and businesses in Darwin and Casuarina,” Mr Albanese said.

“If there’s a change of government on 7 September, that is when the fibre rollout will stop,” Mr Albanese said.

“Areas that will miss out on superfast fibre broadband under Tony Abbott and his Country Liberal candidate include more than 26,000 homes and businesses currently scheduled to get NBN fibre, including Nightcliff, Coconut Grove, Palmerston, Howard Springs, Wanguri, Berrimah and Winnellie.

“They will be left with one of three choices: battle on using last century’s copper, fork out as much as $5,000 to have fibre connected to their home or business or move to where Labor’s NBN is available.”

Labor’s candidate for Solomon, Luke Gosling said that if the Rudd Labor Government is re-elected the NBN fibre roll out will continue, delivering world class broadband infrastructure for all Darwin families and businesses.

“Tony Abbott and Natasha Griggs will cut down the NBN, dividing Darwin into broadband haves and broadband have nots.

“If Tony Abbott and the Coalition win on 7 September, people living in Darwin will lose.

“Territorians now face a clear choice: they can vote for the future and fibre under Labor or the past and copper under the Coalition.”


Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111

Authorised by G. Wright, Australian Labor Party, 5/9 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT, 2600