Thursday, 18 November 2021 09:47

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The Australian Labor Party has announced it will provide free broadband for a year to 30,000 homes which have no Internet connections, as part of its broadband policy for the upcoming election.

In a tweet, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said: "Labor will provide a year of free broadband access for up to 30,000 families with no internet at home."

He did not offer any further details. The statement comes a day after Albanese said the party would, if elected, provide $2.4 billion to extend fibre to an additional 1.5 million homes over and above those which the Coalition has promised to wire.

Reaction to Albanese's tweet was mixed, with the very first one being from Labor voter Philip Parker who said: "If that’s the sort of nonsense policy agenda we’re likely to see, then as a Labor voter I’m disillusioned about Labor’s prospects at the next election."

Another Twitter user asked whether the offer was means-tested, adding that it should be given only to those who had electric vehicles and solar hot water and power so they would not contribute to higher emissions.

But a third user, named Scott Francis, said: "Doesn't seem like the sort of policy that needs to be means tested - if you don't currently have Internet at home you aren't likely to be dining on lobster and prawn.

"Seems like a great program for equity – as a teacher, I know students without reliable Internet are disadvantage."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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