[LINK] The NBN battle continues
kim at holburn.net
Thu Sep 16 08:39:50 EST 2010
Turnbull does a good job.
> Turnbull's demolition job on broadband could be coalition's climate
> change wrecking ball
> Malcolm Turnbull has laid out clearly why the Federal Government
> needs to do more to show that its planned $43 billion National
> Broadband Network is not a waste of taxpayer funds.
> Back in the saddle as a senior Opposition frontbencher for the first
> time in nine months, Turnbull lost no time in carrying out the
> riding instructions of his leader Tony Abbott - to ''demolish''
> Labor's political and policy case for the NBN.
> But there is just one problem for Abbott.
> The Turnbull critique about taxpayer funds needing to be spent in
> the most cost-effective and economically efficient way applies just
> as forcefully to the Opposition's stance on climate change as it
> does to Labor's NBN.
> If it is wasteful for Labor to subsidise the NBN without a cost-
> benefit analysis, then it is also wasteful for the Coalition to seek
> to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases through subsidies - rather
> than a market mechanism like a carbon tax or an emissions trading
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