Truth be told, I’d really like a panda. And I want Julia Gillard to buy it for me. Not personally, of course. But her government could certainly afford it. (Pandas eating bamboo image by Asiir, CC BY-SA 2.5) Think I’m being foolish? In the wake of several recent publications proving many people still don’t understand what the government is or should be doing with the NBN — I’d say my panda inquiry is no more ridiculous than the other, more serious proposals being floated about. Consider Ted Baillieu’s Victorian Liberals, who have long struggled with the balance between party-line NBN slamming and gratefully welcoming the NBN. Gordon Rich-Phillips, the Liberal technology minister who in November put in a polite albeit visibly uncomfortable appearance welcoming NBN Co’s Network Operations and Test Facility (NOTF) to Melbourne’s Docklands, spent part of his weekend announcing the Victorian Government’s submission to the Commonwealth Government’s Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (RTIRC). Among the highlights of Victoria’s submission is its recommendation that the Commonwealth Government “develop a high-quality broadband roll-out strategy”. Yes, seriously. Dear Baillieu government: I know you’re trying to pretend like the Labor-led NBN is being foisted on all Victorians and is just woefully inadequate… Read full this story
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