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Monday, 19 October 2015
Page: 11658


Mr TEHAN (Wannon) (21:24): As you know, Mr Speaker, this government is delivering different types of infrastructure right across Australia. I have spoken about what we are doing when it comes to road funding, which is a very important issue when it comes to rural and regional Australia. But what I want to talk about is what this government in doing when it comes to NBN and when it comes to delivering broadband across this great nation of ours and, in particular, into regional and rural areas.

Superfast broadband is coming to more than 42,000 homes and businesses in Wannon under an accelerated three-year rollout of the NBN—great news for the constituents of Wannon. The coalition's plan for the NBN not only will deliver the necessary speeds for businesses and homes but is proving to be a far quicker and cheaper rollout than what would have occurred under Labor. Our plan will mean homes across Wannon will have NBN in years, not decades, and at a cost which is competitive.

In two years, every section of the NBN will be either starting construction or have already begun construction in Wannon. This will mean that homes and businesses will begin to see the impact of having broadband internet access. Thanks to the accelerated plans, we are going to see the build beginning in Warrnambool in March 2016. That is 13,700 premises where the construction will start in March 2016. We go to Portland: in the third quarter of 2016, we are going to see the construction on that part start for 5,300 premises. In Hamilton, it will start in the first quarter of 2017. In Maryborough, 4,300 will begin in the first half of 2017. This is a great outcome for my electorate and for our nation. It is very welcome news that NBN construction right across Wannon will have started by 2017 at the latest.

The release of the plan is a huge step forward for nbn as the company works to speed up the rollout and make the build as cost-efficient as possible. The coalition government understands that internet access is important for our community and will transform education, health care and other critical online services. The coalition government recognises that consumers want fast broadband as soon as possible. All services over the NBN will give Wannon businesses, agricultural producers and consumers a brighter future with the potential to be more efficient and productive. Families will also benefit from the vastly higher bandwidth available, delivering greater access and choices for educational resources for homework, study and entertainment.

What does this mean for people in Wannon? It means that producers can start to integrate wireless technology with greater reliability into their production line. This will mean faster time frames in which they can work and a stronger supply chain that can reach out to consumers. In an age where speed in business is everything, this will mean that our farmers and small businesses can truly harness technology to access customers in Melbourne or Macau.

It will mean more open classrooms for our schools. Faster internet speeds will provide access to better tools for teachers and parents. Students will be able to fulfil the demands they have on information and harness technologies to collaborate and interact with knowledge online. Access to opportunities, particularly for rural and regional students, will be available more than ever before thanks to the way broadband internet speeds shrink the tyranny of distance.

This will mean better standards of communications infrastructure for our health system. With better access to information and an ability to share between communities at the same speed and reliability, the NBN will provide a more mobile and responsive healthcare system—education, health and entertainment. They are all better outcomes for the electors of Wannon and also for our nation. I am proud to be a member of a government that is delivering vital infrastructure to our whole nation and, in particular, regional and rural Australia.

The SPEAKER: It being 9.30 pm, the debate is interrupted.

House adjourned at 21 : 30