“Concerns I raised about the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Special Report’ on the National Broadband Network have been vindicated by the Press Council,” said Mr Paul Fletcher, Federal Member for Bradfield.
“The ‘Special Report’ published in April this year contained a series of glowingly positive articles under the banner ‘Update on the NBN’, alongside advertising from a company which is a likely key retailer of NBN services.
JULIA Gillard's speech to the Energy Policy Institute last week sought to blame increasing electricity prices on greedy state governments and hence shift blame away from the carbon tax. It was an odd argument for her to make. For one thing, the carbon tax is specifically designed to increase electricity prices, by making carbon-intensive activities (such as producing electricity from coal-fired generators) relatively more expensive.
Paul Fletcher, Federal Member for Bradfield today extended his congratulations to the Bradfield Olympians returning home from the London 2012 Olympic Games today.
Nick Purnell, who represented Australia in the men’s eight rowing and Vivian Tan, who competed in the women’s table tennis were a part of a group of over 400 athletes who competed in this year’s games.
Foreign investment in agricultural land and the proposed F3/M2 Missing Link were two of the key issues raised by local residents at a Community Meeting held by Member for Bradfield Paul Fletcher in Waitara recently.
‘These meetings give residents the opportunity to raise issues of concern – and in turn this helps me be an effective advocate for the people of Bradfield, Mr Fletcher said.
The housing affordability problem has stimulated many policy responses over the years, as the cost of gaining a toehold on the property ladder has risen higher and higher.
From the 1960s until the 1980s, real (that is, inflation adjusted) house prices closely tracked growth in real average weekly earnings, according to a recent paper by the Sydney University economist Judith Yates.
When Stephen Conroy and Kevin Rudd announced the NBN in April 2009, they promised that it would be “operated on a commercial basis… and involve private sector investment.”
In mid-2010 Conroy abandoned the commitment to private sector investment – after receiving advice in the McKinsey-KPMG Implementation Study that private investors would regard the project as too risky and hence taxpayers would need to provide one hundred per cent of the equity.
Broadband Minster Conroy is about to release the well flagged new Corporate Plan from the government owned NBN Co – his $50 billion plus venture to build a government owned broadband network all around the country.
The first Corporate Plan was released in December 2010 – and since that time NBN Co has comprehensively failed to achieve the performance milestones set out in the plan.