Leaked Coalition documents, Turnbull doing stand-up and partisan pledges — all part of the action with the NBN this week.
NBN Co announced plans for a new satellite station in Tasmania. [ZDNet Australia]
Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull pledged that he wouldn’t cancel the contracts already signed by NBN Co if the Coalition came to power, telling Fairfax the party would instead renegotiate existing contracts while pushing for a fibre-to-the-node rollout. [Herald Sun]
Prime Minister Julia Gillard responded by saying that “only Labor could guarantee the delivery of the project”. [SBS]
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy announced that the government would fund NBN training programs around the country to the tune of $15.2 million this week. [Computerworld Australia]
Turnbull broke out his best stand-up routine this week, rubbishing the kit NBN Co has been sending out to communities around the country. It really is top quality gear. He should have a brick wall backdrop and a laugh track. [Daily Telegraph]
The Coalition’s Speaker’s Notes were leaked this week and published by Crikey. Nothing juicy about the NBN in there, though. Just a lot of what we’ve heard already. [Crikey]
And finally, an insight into Tony Abbott’s broadband mood. He’s once again said that the country doesn’t need it. Interesting considering Turnbull’s comments earlier in the week. Hmm. [Delimiter]