@TheBBG & @meltam6554
In my estimation Malcolm Turnbull & the LNP team are almost all looking out for number 1 and the result is this country suffers. We have, unfortunately, a political system that is favouring 3 big parties & what we get out of this is legislation based on party lines rather than on what our nation really needs. I also don't think this was ever what our Constitution writers had aimed for.
Do I think they, the LNP, "cared" for what we got? No not in the least! Do I think they determined it was what we should have? Yes, but it was a choice I don't think they wanted to make, I feel they wanted to remain with the old system. I think it was forced on them as we, the rest of the population, wanted an "NBN" but we were conned into a belief that this "cheaper" version was somehow better for us regardless of the expert opinions out there of the faults in the MTM mix.
We are so ingrained to think with our pockets first, rather than listen to expert advice, that we vote/decide on an action then regret for decades the choices. We only see that buying the "cheapest" leads to poor outcomes after we have committed to the cost and cannot reverse it, particularly when it comes to national priorities/infrastructure. Then we spend untold amounts of time and money repairing the damage done by the cheap choices. If we had "bitten the bullet" in the first place on many of these decisions and gone with best choice then much of the after spend would have been avoided/saved.
This shambolic to and fro because of this party politicking is only to the detriment of our country and lifestyle and only pays dividends to the political system and their friends. For the ordinary Australian it is becoming extremely costly both in freedoms and pocket.
The costs to the consumer of the NBN were designed, even under the ALP plan, to be commercial so that the NBN could eventually be sold and become a privately run entity. CVC, AVC, POI all have recurring costs for the RSPs that they have to recover from their customers as well as their own internal costs. This combined with their primary imperative to pay the best dividend to their shareholders means that the customer suffers. The RSPs buy the least amount of CVC they can get away with, as it really is the only flexible cost they pay to the NBN Co. We, the consumers, then complain about the speeds/service we receive.
The Government then berate the RSPs for their poor service and involve the ACCC to somehow fix this underlying issue that was and is caused by the decision to make this an eventual financial pot of gold for the Government. We can either have a system where all Taxpayers bear a reasonable portion of the costs and own the infrastructure thus reducing the resulting costs to the RSPs and enabling the Government to control the consumer cost and service or we have a privately owned system that charges what the market will bear and where money will determine the service we get.