The $36,000,000,000 government-run broadband programme, has been branded the most-expensive in the world by the influential journal, The Economist. This comes on the day the NBN roll out moved into ''high-gear'' according to Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
But on the day Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Communications claimed ''It's become an essential utility, like electricity or water'', the Government revealed 11 seats would miss out on the ''initial'' roll out. If the NBN is as essential as water, which is essential to life, why does anyone miss out?
Interestingly, 10 of those seats are held by the Coalition. One of them, Mackellar, on the North Shore of Sydney, adjoins Warringah, Tony Abbott's electorate, which is to be part of the roll-out. How strange that the NBN could go to Tony Abbott's electorate, but not an adjoining seat.
Pork-barrelling and political point-scoring?