Cunningham divided by broadband under Coalition

The electorate of Cunningham will be divided by broadband haves and have-nots if the Rudd Labor Government is not re-elected on September 7, Minister for Regional Communications and Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird said today.

New maps show the extent to which Tony Abbott would wreck Federal Labor’s National Broadband Network, denying most people in Cunningham access to the boundless educational, health, lifestyle and commercial opportunities this essential infrastructure delivers.

“There are 28,800 homes and businesses in Wollongong and Corrimal under construction right now,” Sharon Bird said.

“If there’s a change of government on 7 September, 58,100 homes and businesses in and around Wollongong, Corrimal, Engadine, Port Kembla, Mount Ousley and Unanderra will miss out on superfast broadband,” Minister Bird said.

They will be left with one of two choices: battle on using last century’s copper, or fork out as much as $5,000 to have fibre connected to their home or business – something others in Wollongong will get for free under Labor’s NBN.

“Tony Abbott will cut the NBN, just like he will cut the SchoolKids bonus, cut health funding, and cut increases in superannuation payments.

“The NBN is especially important in regional areas,” Sharon Bird said.

“Access to broadband should not depend on how much money someone has or where they happen to live or do business.

“Federal Labor’s NBN is an investment in our nation’s future prosperity.

“It will transform the way people in Cunningham live their lives, do business, grow our regions and engage with the rest of world.

“When it comes to superfast, affordable and reliable broadband, only Federal Labor will do it once, do it right, and do it with fibre,” Sharon Bird said.