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.
Every student in Australia should have access to the internet. Labor will provide support for up to 30,000 families who currently don't have internet at home with free broadband for a year.@MRowlandMP @Tanya_Plibersek pic.twitter.com/bJAeq6fDl0— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) November 18, 2021
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."