‘I am not a tech head’
When Tony Abbott came on telly on 730 Report and tried to explain his version of broadband, for me it was all over red rover.Tony was no Bill Gates he told us. Which is true as Bill Gates is a humanitarian.
According to the coalition the NBN was a cross between a white elephant and technical stuff that only a tech head would know and therefore is not really important to the average person in the general public.
When Abbott said that the coalition broadband policy would do exactly the same kind of technical work as the NBN only at ‘a lot cheaper’, I hit the floor laughing at him and have been rolling in glee since.
Lets apply Tony Abbott logic to life. Your favourite footy team is in the pits. So what do you do if you are Tony Abbott? Remove all the good players (the ones being paid loads of money) and replacing them with much cheaper athletes! No one would notice your team is now slower, more susceptible to down time, has less skills and so on because everyone will be so focused on the money you saved the team.
IBM had a review of a NBN world in 2050. Revenue of up to One TRILLION (yes trillion with a t) dollars will be shaking hands on the NBN.
Aussie broadband to make a trillion in 2050
By 2050, ubiquitous high-speed broadband will generate around $1 trillion in revenue and reverse Australia’s productivity decline, according to a new report commissioned by IBM Australia. Speakers at the launch of A Snapshot of Australia’s Digital Future to 2050, in Sydney yesterday, blamed any reluctance to embrace high-speed broadband, as embodied in the National Broadband Network (NBN), on fear, a lack of perspective and a lack of leadership.
“We were, quite frankly, a little frustrated by [the NBN debate] and by the lack of vision,” said Andrew Stevens, IBM’s managing director in Australia and New Zealand.
“Being amongst those people who were over the horizon, in terms of confidence in the economic impact of this, we thought we should actually do some quantitative and qualitative research to prove our confidence — or, to disprove it.”
Here is a link to the actual report http://www-03.ibm.com/press/au/en/presskit/38032.wss
So not only is Tony not very smart when it comes to technical stuff, but he lacks vision, and we also already know that he can not count. A coalition 11 billion ‘difference of opinion’ between the coalition and the treasury is now costing them somewhere between 50-80 billion.
The coalition insist that it is purely a difference of opinion between them and treasury. For example, the coalition 2010 “budget but not really budgeted” figures were based on the dollar dropping to 80 cents sometime in 2011. Just a teeny weeny difference of opinion with reality there.
Of course the coalition direct action policy is another of those ‘NBN lite’ like policies. I especially love how the coalition policy ‘fines’ companies that ‘exceed normal emissions’ by a certain amount per tonne of emissions. Apparently it only sounds like a tax when the coalition talk about it. The other thing the coalition like to mention is their tree planting policy. Again, if people only bothered to actually use calculators.
Don’t get me wrong. I am all for reforestation. But the coalition plan of planting trees in Australia looks great on paper. The one teeny weeny problem the coalition have is if their tree planting is to have an effect, it would require Australia to have five times its current landmass. And none of that landmass in desert regions. Basically you cant plant trees without land and water. Obviously this is only a little thing to Tony. The fact that Australia is too small for the number of trees that would be needed is only a ‘tech head’ issue.
I could go on and on comparing the governments policy to the coalition’s policy lite options. But I will finish on this.
The coalition claim that the carbon price will destroy the economy. That it would have a cascade of costs that the general public will be drowning under as will business.
Oh you fucking liars.
You see, electricity prices for the last 10 years have been going up and up. And not by 10% a year. Oh no. By 20, 30 and in some cases 55%. This is not a new phenomena. Turns out that there is TWO costs. One is the cost of the actual electricity and the other is the cost of getting the electricity to the consumer.
In the last three years, electricity prices have risen by over 50%. Yet the cost of a loaf of bread is about the same. Milk is cheaper. Groceries on shelves have not gone up to reflect the extra electricity cost to produce the product or the extra electricity costs for the store to stock it. CPI and inflation is low. Growth is at 4.3%. And the dollar rose and gave Joe Hockey 70 billion nightmares.
So here is the thing people. For the last few years electricity has been coming at a extra cost to the consumer on their bills. And with no compensation at all. BUT!!! Where is this flow on effect that Abbott claims will occur? Just you wait he says? Wait for wait you moronic idiot! For the 2004 prices to ‘cascade’ down on me?
You may not be a tech head Tony, but it is clear you ARE a dick head.
A. Ghebranious 2012