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Labor has fallen far short of its lofty ambition.

Stephen Conroy's Five Years of Broadband Failure

From Federal Liberal MP Paul Fletcher

Superannuation Minister Bill Shorten was dismissive of recent comments by Tony Abbott about corporate governance in the superannuation sector: "He only shows an interest in super when he uses it to chase union bogeymen."

JULIA Gillard told the parliament yesterday that her government had achieved the structural separation of Telstra. That is a deeply misleading statement. Far from separation being achieved, all that has happened is that the Australian Competition 8z.

 THE signs of Israel’s perpetual struggle for survival can be quite easy to overlook. Yes, there is the security grilling before you board the El Al flight and the circuitous flight path, around Arab countries so as to overfly water all the way to Eilat at the very southern tip of Israel.

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A striking feature of the Rudd-Gillard Government’s NBN policy – to spend over $50 billion of taxpayers’ money on a 100 Mbps fibre to the premises network serving over 10 million premises – is the lack of clarity about the problem this policy is designed to solve. In this article I argue that the NBN was announced for political reasons rather than policy reasons.

After briefly explaining that point, the paper then discusses the policy issues – by identifying and assessing several 'candidate problems' that NBN might be thought to be designed to address, and argues that the policy as is presently being pursued is not a good solution to any of these.

The paper concludes with some suggestions for a more sensible approach.

To spend tens of billions of dollars to build a telecommunications network – without knowing how much you can charge customers to use the network – is an extremely risky move. But that is what NBN Co is doing. NBN Co has announced the prices it plans to charge.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 01:00

AFR: Minister's growing power benefits unions

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In the federal cabinet reshuffle on Monday,  Bill Shorten became Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations but retained his responsibility for financial services and superannuation.

To spend tens of billions of dollars to build a telecommunications network – without knowing how much you can charge customers to use the network – is an extremely risky move.

 

If you are a retail user of fixed broadband services in Australia today, the single most important person in determining the price you pay is David Thodey – the Chief Executive of Telstra.

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