So close but so far.
Malcolm Turnbull, a shadow minister in our government's opposition party, is a rich man, partly from his creation of Ozemail which he sold for squillions of dollars. One would think he is tech savvy and I am sure he is.
I cannot believe he would argue for a lesser plan for the future of Australia's broadband than optic fibre to the home. Under his plan, fibre will be laid to a neighbourhood node and then go to homes via antiquated copper wires, unless you pay thousands to have it direct to your home. When the copper wires were laid in the early part of the twentieth century, there was no distinction. If you could pay the standard fee, you had a telephone. Fibre to the home is the modern equivalent. While it might be viewed as overkill now, it will be a very short time before it becomes necessity. Mark my words on that, as I have suggested in the past that people who do not have access to the internet will be disadvantaged, and so they now are. What was a toy had now become an essential service.
It is not a vote changer and I doubt anything can save the Labor Party from losing at the next election. What will be interesting is the back downs on impractical promises the Opposition has made when it is elected. I wonder if its broadband plan will be one of them.
Like as public transport should be done, plan it and build it as the budget allows but at least make a start.