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Tasmania broadband maps doctored by former Labor staffer.

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Senator the Hon Helen Coonan Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate

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198/07 Tuesday 13 November 2007

Tasmania broadband maps doctored by former Labor staffer

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, said the Labor Party has today released broadband coverage maps of Tasmania doctored by a company owned by a former Labor staffer.

“Labor’s maps of a new Government funded broadband network are marked © Subrepublic Pty Ltd 2007 giving the maps the impression of authenticity and placing their creation at arms length from Labor,” Senator Coonan said.

“However, Subrepublic is owned by Mr Nathan Lambert who worked for Labor Senator Jacinta Collins in 2004 and 2005 and has since been employed by the Victorian ALP as an IT Support Officer.

“Labor has simply ordered Mr Lambert to prepare phoney maps of the Coalition’s broadband plan and then pretended that they have been produced by an independent source.

“The doctored maps only include half of the WiMAX wireless component of the Coalition’s broadband plan and also completely exclude the fibre and ADSL2+ coverage and the new transmission links to be rolled out across Bass Strait.

“Labor’s phoney maps also exclude the existing Government subsidised broadband coverage already available in Tasmania.

“But even if the doctored maps were right, they still show that the Coalition’s network will provide substantially more high speed broadband coverage in Tasmania than Labor’s proposal.

“The Coalition is extending high broadband across Tasmania and we are not afraid to publish our coverage maps on a website for everyone to see.

“If Labor is so obsessed with broadband coverage maps why don’t they release maps of their own broadband plan? What has Labor got to hide from Tasmanian residents?

“Labor is concerned about releasing its coverage maps of Tasmania and the rest of the country because Tasmanians are among the one in four Australians that will miss out all together on high speed broadband.

“Mr Rudd made a fundamental error by picking just one technology - fibre - which only works if you live within 1.5kms from your local telephone exchange or node.

“Labor’s single technology decision means one in four Australians or more than 3 million households and small businesses will not get high speed broadband under Labor.


“The Coalition’s broadband network involves a mix of next generation technologies, including WiMAX wireless, ADSL2+ and fibre that will extend high speed broadband to 99 per cent of the population by 2009.

“The remaining 1 per cent of the population will receive a $2750 satellite subsidy.

“Contrast this with Labor’s proposal which will miss one in four households, cost families upwards of $100 per month, and won’t be available until 2013,” Senator Coonan said.