Given that he was the person most responsible for the current parlous state of the national broadband network, it is surprising that former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has devoted just nine pages to the network in A Bigger Picture, his recent 660-page memoir.
Barring a major catastrophe, the Coalition Government will be able to announce within a fortnight or so that it has completed the rollout of the national broadband network and met its target. One can only hope that, at the same time, there will be an announcement about how the network will be upgraded.
When John Howard came to power in 1996, there was no money in the government kitty to fund the strategy which he planned to follow: inducing people to vote for him thereafter by greasing their hip pockets. So he sold off the first tranche of Telstra. And there ended Australia's dreams of having a decent broadband network.
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