If half the efficiency that the faceless machine-men of the federal Labor party's factions showed in dumping Kevin Rudd as PM and installing Julia Gillard in his place had been exhibited by the government over its 941 days of office, then we would be well on the way to having a national broadband network.
From its inception in a dream-like state where Kevin Rudd and Stephen Conroy shared dreams-within-dreams together on a flight of fancy to Canberra, they thought they could rule the Cyberverse together at a cost of only several tens of billions of dollars. Instead, Kevin Rudd is PM no more, as we know, and Senator Conroy must face news of yet another NBN disappointment.
Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has confirmed the Coalition will halt the $43 billion National Broadband Network project in its tracks if it is elected later this year, saying Kevin Rudd is risking massive expenditure on a "technology punt."
The Coalition will take a fully-costed alternative broadband plan for Australia to the next election that is cheaper and makes greater use of mobile technologies. And it says it will not complete the construction of the Rudd Government's $43 billion National Broadband Network.