Australian national broadband network 'won't be derailed'
Posted in: Government & Policy at 22/10/2009 15:38
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said opposition attempts to block his reforms, including a plan to force Telstra to separate, would be a blow to consumers but would not derail the government's $43 billion broadband network, reports The Australian.
Kevin Rudd also ridiculed the Coalition after communications spokesman Nick Minchin vowed to vote against the Telstra legislation, but Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce said he would be prepared to support it to deliver better services for regional Australians.
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