Little difference on broadband policies: Katter

The telecommunications industry and other stakeholders broadly criticised the Coalition's broadband policy when it was announced late in the election campaign

Federal Independent MP Bob Katter today claimed that there was little difference between the broadband policies of the two major parties at a press conference this afternoon, where he announced his support for the Coalition.

"There were issues like broadband, where I think they weren't all that far apart," Katter said. However, the MP said he believed the ALP had a better "broadband deal".

The telecommunications industry and other stakeholders broadly criticised the Coalition's broadband policy when it was announced late in the election campaign, due to its more minimalist approach when compared with Labor's $43 billion policy. The Coalition is only planning to spend $6 billion on its policy.

When asked if his decision would be different under former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Katter said he would have backed Labor -- noting that he and Rudd had very similar views. However, Katter said he didn't have any beef with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Labor Party.

Australia now waits for the other two independents' -- Rob Oakshott and Tony Windsor -- decisions, which are scheduled to be announced at another press conference at 3pm today.

In late August, the three independents had pushed for more information regarding Labor's NBN policy and requested briefings from Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and his Shadow, Tony Smith -- amongst other requested briefings from various caretaker ministers.

In the same month, Prime Minister Julia Gillard had requested for the three members to meet with her and NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley to discuss the NBN.

In february this year, Katter -- along with Conroy and Leighton executive Peter McGrath -- launched a fibre optic rollout in Mt Isa, Northern Queensland.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags broadbandNational Broadband Network (NBN)

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jenna Pitcher

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?