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Coalition's earlier, cheaper, non metro-first broadband a real bonus for regional students



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10 April 2013

Coalition’s earlier, cheaper, non metro-first broadband a real bonus for regional students

The Coalition’s newly announced plan for an alternative to Labor’s National Broadband Network is excellent news for regional students, according to Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Education, Senator Fiona Nash.

“The facts that regional areas will be prioritised, that it will be delivered earlier and that it will cost less to the user are all huge pluses for students from the regions,” Senator Nash said.

“This is exactly what education stakeholders have been telling us they need in recent hearings at regional meetings of the Coalition Online Higher Education Working Group.”

“The benefits of the Coalition’s broadband plan will quickly spread to students of all ages, from children in isolated country schools to young adults in our increasingly successful network of regional universities.”

“Broadband for the regions is an essential component of the Coalition’s policy goals of providing students with more flexible and affordable tertiary education and to boosting productivity and quality by blending online learning where appropriate into existing courses.”

“The Coalition can also be relied on to actually deliver what it promises compared to the farcical delays and cost blowouts that have beset Labor’s NBN.”

“For too long, regional students have been ignored by the Labor Government. Only the Coalition will work to ensure fair and equitable access to education for regional students,” Senator Nash concluded.

Media contact: Murray Lees 0417 406 338