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Should the NBN must be kept publicly owned?

Michael McLaren

Michael is joined by Terry McCrann, Business Commentator with The Australian, regarding the NBN which he writes has emerged over the past year as unambiguously and undeniably our greatest asset, so it would be an act of extraordinary national vandalism to now sell it.

 

‘The National Broadband Network is now unambiguously, unquestionably and utterly undeniably our greatest national asset – absolutely foundational for the economy, and even more generally the broader society and world, of the 21st century’, Mr McCrann writes.

 

‘If there’d been any doubt about that pre-Covid, the events and just the sheer basic everyday reality of the last 18 months – and indeed, what the next six? nine? twelve? months threaten – should have buried that doubt absolutely.’

 

‘We will be arguing for the rest of our lives and indeed for the rest of time, what we – and who – got right and what we/who got wrong about dealing with the virus.’

 

‘But the one thing, perhaps the only thing, that is beyond dispute, is that thank goodness we had the NBN up and operating pretty much universally across the country, as we struggled and blundered through 2020 and 2021.’

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