Michael Cleland



Malcolm Turnbull: why build a house when setting up a tent is cheaper and faster?


On Malcolm Turnbull’s blog this morning, entitled  Conroy: coalition alternative “quicker and will cost less” Turnbull writes:

Senator Stephen Conroy this morning conceded the Labor Government’s $50 billion version of the National Broadband Network will cost more and take longer than the approach proposed by the Coalition. Speaking on ABC Radio Senator Conroy stated: “It would be quicker and will cost less to build a fibre-to-the-node network.  That is just an unambiguous fact.”

What a non-story, Malcolm … with a misleading headline too.

For the ill-informed, they will think your headline infers “quicker” as in a faster data throughput, when you really mean that construction time would be faster.

And of course the coalition’s network would be cheaper, because it would be a vastly inferior piece of infrastructure.

As Tony Windsor said when he chose to back the Gillard government, “You do it once, you do it right and you do it with fibre.”

I feel sorry for you Malcolm that you are hamstrung by bad coalition policy. From the $40 million you made from the sale of ISP Ozemail, you must know that the NBN is the right choice for Australia – a piece of infrastructure that will serve Australia for decades to come. It is a pity that Tony Abbott lacks that sort of vision.

Reading the comments on Turnbull’s post produced and some tweets some great responses:

@nealon Next up @TurnbullMalcolm explains why a tarpaulin is better than a tiled roof as it’s “quicker and will cost less” #NBN

It would have been quicker and cheaper to buy a barge to transport cars across Sydney harbour, instead of building the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

It’s quicker and cheaper to lean a piece of corrugated iron against a tree than to build a house. But I know what I’d rather live in.

It’s quicker and cheaper to have dirt roads than asphalt.

Why build a house when setting up a tent is faster and cheaper?

Author: Michael Cleland

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