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Budget 2018: budget shows Liberal Nationals given up on improving regional communications



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STEPHEN JONES MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES, TERRITORIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEMBER FOR WHITLAM

BUDGET SHOWS LIBERAL NATIONALS GIVEN UP ON IMPROVING REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

Malcolm Turnbull’s Budget has laid bare the Coalition’s failure to address regional communications with no new money for mobile black spots and nothing in the Budget to improve NBN services for thousands of regional Australians stuck on Turnbull’s second-rate NBN.

Just a day before the Budget, the Member for Lyne, David Gillespie, said he hoped to see new money for additional mobile black spots. We now know that hope is dashed.

The message regional Australians can take away from the Budget is that the Liberal and National parties appear to have given up.

They appear to have abandoned the Mobile Black Spot Program and any attempts to address the growing digital divide between urban and regional communities.

Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal and Nationals are happy to give big business a $80 billion tax handout but they have failed to provide any new money to address connectivity issues across regional Australia.

With no new infrastructure spending, no new funding for mobile black spots and the ongoing legacy of faults, failures and poor service thanks to Malcolm Turnbull’s copper-NBN; regional Australians are right to ask: what’s in this Budget for them?

The Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, has delivered nothing in the Budget. Nor have her National Party colleagues who have repeatedly called for the continuation of the Mobile Black Spot Program but come up empty.

With around 10,000 identified mobile black spots on the national database, it’s clear the Liberal and National parties have given up on getting better communications in regional Australia.

WEDNESDAY, 9 MAY 2018

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Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra