[LINK] Priorities [WAS: Battery back-up mandatory for NBN?]

Bernard Robertson-Dunn brd at iimetro.com.au
Tue Nov 9 10:07:31 AEDT 2010

On 8/11/2010 4:17 PM, David Boxall wrote:
> On 7/11/2010 5:47 PM, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>> ...
>> My suggestion is that we (or at least the people who assess such things)
>> do some thinking and tell us about the risk tradeoffs.
> Bending to querulous demands for endless studies, assessments and
> reports could easily fritter away more than the headline cost of the
> NBN. Since /Networking the Nation/ we've had the better part of two
> decades of talking, but the querulous, it seems, will never be satisfied.
>> What's yours?
> The talking's done. Get on with it.
> I'd much rather my $5 per week went to achieving something, than to more
> talk. What about you?

As usual it's not simple. My comments are more about the past than what 
we should be doing with the NBN now. More talking won't help, but it 
might be a missed opportunity and nobody will know if there is a better 
use of the resources.

In general, I think that the bigger problem is what to do with all that 
money the government (and country) is getting from selling our mineral 
and energy resources overseas.

IMHO, a large part of the money should be pumped into all forms of 
education, from primary schools to blue sky research. That's a better 
investment in the future than tax cuts and/or yet another way to deliver 
home entertainment.

And I don't mean new school buildings. The "Building the Education 
Revolution program" should be renamed "The Education Building program".

Whatever happened to the clever country?



Bernard Robertson-Dunn
Canberra Australia
email:	 brd at iimetro.com.au
website: www.drbrd.com

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