[LINK] Battery back-up mandatory for NBN?

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Tue Nov 9 09:11:27 AEDT 2010

Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> On 6/11/2010 11:50 AM, Tom Worthington wrote:
>> Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>>> ... If we had $43b to spend only once, is spending it on the NBN the 
>>> optimum use of public resources? ...
>> I don't think the Government strategy is to actually spend $43b ...
> Tom ...  My point is that there has been no priority setting. The question is: Is
> the NBN a better or worse spend of public resources than other potential 
> initiatives?

It is not worth an extensive cost benefit analysis for only a few 
hundred million dollars in expenditure. The NBN is worth it just for 
sorting out the Telstra monopoly.

There are more expensive, less well justified government programs, such 
as $900m to the car industry, for supposedly "green" initiatives:

* The "Cleaner Car Rebate" scheme was announced by the Prime
Minister on 24 July 2010. This will provide a rebate of $2,000 to new 
car purchasers who scrap their pre-1995 car. It is expected that there 
will be 200,000 rebates, so not counting administration, this will cost

It does not take an extensive cost benefit analysis to show this is not
a good idea. A simple web search on "cash for clunkers environmental
benefits" would do: 

* The Green Car Innovation Fund has $500m for the the Australian 
automotive industry to develop and manufacture low-emission vehicles: 

It might be assumed that this fund is reserved for hybrid cars and 
similar, but $149m was provided to Holden for Australian production of 
the Korean Holden Cruze small car. The Cruze is a conventional four 
cylinder petrol powered car, with no "green" features, apart from being 
smaller than a Holden Commodore: 

Tom Worthington FACS CP HLM, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
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