The Australian Labor Party's obsession with neo-liberal economics has doomed the national broadband network right from the time it set up a separate company, NBN Co, in 2009 to build a country-wide network that would be unfit for purpose. Thursday's patchwork approach by NBN Co to filling up the cracks is just the latest indication of this.
Rather predictably, the Australian Labor Party has signalled to the Federal Government that it will not stand in the way of the encryption bill being passed by Christmas, with the party doing everything but ending the process of inquiry so that the government can have its way.
The Australian Labor Party is keeping open the option of writing down the value of the national broadband network if it were to win the next federal election, according to Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland.
Residents in and around Dulong, Queensland, are now duly celebrating long awaited "new and improved mobile coverage", and it's all "thanks to the Coalition Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program".
Everyone and his/her dog has been up in arms against Facebook ever since the recent revelations that the company allowed user data of tens of millions to seep away into the control of a third party.
Over the years, blame has been laid on various individuals and organisations for the fiasco that is known as the national broadband network. But we've neglected to turn the blowtorch on one party that has played a big role in things turning out this way.
The cost of NBN fibre connections to some residences in the country, published in The Australian this morning, serve to make the Coalition Government look good, at least temporarily.
In damage control mode again, this time ahead of an ABC programme apparently detailing more of the same issues with the NBN that have been widely publicised, NBN Co chief Bill Morrow has said that the network will never make a profit unless it is protected from competition.
The Labor Party's communications spokesperson Michelle Rowland has taken aim at Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the national broadband network rollout, pointing out that criticism of the network is now coming from his own side of politics.
An academic who was closely associated with the NBN project at its outset claims that the original fibre-to-the-premises proposal would have stimulated "an active competitive retail marketplace that would have forced RSPs to purchase adequate CVC".
The Australian Labor Party has termed the illegal accessing of a journalist's metadata by the Australian Federal Police as "shocking" and questioned why it was disclosed on a Friday afternoon when the Commonwealth Ombudsman was informed two days earlier.
An IT trends survey released by SolarWinds in March will give supporters of the move to get rid of 457 temporary work visas little comfort.
The man who led NBN Co from day one until he quit in July 2013 following a change of government lays the blame for the present mess largely at the feet of one man: the current Prime Minister and former Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Over in Britain, a satellite provider is contemplating steps to provide broadband on flights. Back here in Australia, the government continues on with its disastrous experiment — for it is truly that — to build a land-based broadband network and finds that it is well short of the mark.
If the National Broadband Network really is Australia's biggest ever infrastructure project and vitally important to the nation's future, one would expect the minister in charge and his opposition counterpart to react when a furore of the sort caused by NBN Co chief Bill Morrow erupts.
Politicians will always grasp at any straw to bolster their claims that they, and their initiatives, are the best and brightest in the land. Or at times across the globe.
A senior official from the security services company Forcepoint has welcomed the appointment of Dan Tehan as the minister assisting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for cyber security, but says that, given Tehan's numerous roles, the appointment of a "cyber ambassador" will be key to co-ordinating Australia's efforts in this direction.
Talk of a poisoned chalice. Malcolm Turnbull has earned the right to be prime minister for another three years but even before he is sworn in, talk has been only about how much trouble he faces ahead.
Australia would save both money and time if it turned to electronic voting, the Australian Information Industry Association, the nation's peak body for the technology industry, claims.
The fate of the NBN, superannuation changes, company tax cuts, the fate of the Coalition government and even that of the Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull is still unknown.
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