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Time for Turnbull to put his mouth where his money is and back Fibre to the Home



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Time for Turnbull to put his mouth where his money is and back Fibre to the Home

Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today accused Malcolm Turnbull of rank hypocrisy for investing in France Telecom, which is rolling out a Fibre to the Home broadband network to 15 million French homes by 2020.

“Mr Turnbull wants to spend billions of taxpayers’ dollars to fund the Coalition’s second-rate fibre-to-the-node network, but when it comes to his own money he is more than happy to invest in fibre-to-the-home,” Senator Conroy said.

“This is rank hypocrisy by Mr Turnbull. He is trying to lock Australians into an inferior broadband network, while investing to future proof France’s digital economy.

“It is time Mr Turnbull put his mouth where his money is by supporting Labor’s roll out of the NBN’s fast, affordable and reliable broadband to all Australians.

“If Mr Turnbull truly believes that British Telecom’s fibre to the node network is the best broadband model, why doesn’t his updated registry of members’ interests show recent investments in BT?”

Date: 21 August 2012 Contact: Adam Sims 0408 258 457