Hartsuyker: Saffin "has sold out her principles"
ACCORDING to Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker, his page counterpart Janelle Saffin is set to slug her constituents with higher broadband costs and endless delays for improved services.
Mr Hartsuyker was responding to claims by Ms Saffin regarding the Coalition's broadband policy.
Mr Hartsuyker said the Member for Page was not being honest with her electorate.
"Everyone knows you can't trust Labor but Janelle Saffin has just sacrificed her personal credibility for the sake of the Labor Party line," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"At the next election the people of Page will have a clear choice on broadband.
"Under Labor, internet costs are forecast to increase threefold over the next nine years - a steeper rise than the increase in electricity over the past nine years.
"In 2021 the retail price of broadband in regional Australia will be $24 per month cheaper under the Coalition's plan when compared to Labor's NBN.
"For Ms Saffin to claim regional Australia will pay more under our plan is nothing more than a lie. She has sold out her principles of honesty and decency to prop up Labor's ailing political fortunes.
"Under Labor, regional Australia will be waiting decades for the rollout to be completed. The reality is that NBN Co is only connecting around 30 houses a day when NBN's own plan requires them to connect over 6,800 houses per day. Under the Coalition we will deliver speeds of 25mbps to all of Australia by 2016. That will rise to a minimum of 50mbps for the majority of Australians by 2019.
"The problem with Labor's approach to broadband is that it is not targeting those areas where basic services don't exist. Currently there are two million households and businesses across Australia which don't have a basic service. It's therefore beyond belief that Labor would be more focussed on duplicating existing services in metropolitan areas rather than fixing regional blackspots. A Coalition Government will prioritise regional areas with substandard internet services for priority rollout.
"We will get fast broadband to all regional areas and do it in a way that's affordable to families and businesses as well as to taxpayers."