25 Oct 2017

The NBN blame game will ensure that what we receive a second rate system.

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The blame game must stop if we are to end up with the system we deserve.

Excerpt from an article by Tooran Alizadeh
Senior Lecturer, Director of Urban Design
University of Sydney



The NBN and blaming one party over another has been part of the national misfortune around the NBN. But, I believe, the inequality of the NBN is part of a bigger trend in infrastructure decision making in Australia that fails to fully account for the socioeconomic implications. Other examples of this trend are seen in major (controversial) transport projects around the nation (e.g. East West Link in Melbourne, WestConnex in Sydney).


Current and future Australian governments must accept responsibility, and find a way forward for the NBN that is built on the notion of equitable service.


We can start with questions such as who needs the service the most, and who can do the most with it. These two questions refer to the social inclusion and productivity implications of the NBN.


The NBN, as a publicly funded national infrastructure project, has to be equitable to be a truly nation building platform. As long as it is failing some, it is failing us all as a nation.

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