NEW VICTORIAN CAMPAIGN TO KEEP NBN JOBS IN MELBOURNE

NEW VICTORIAN CAMPAIGN TO KEEP NBN JOBS IN MELBOURNE

Posted on 16. Aug, 2010 in News

With Tony Abbott confirming he would tear up Labor’s plans to build the hub of the National Broadband Network in Melbourne, Victorians have been urged to join an online campaign to change his mind.

Premier John Brumby said he had formed a new Facebook group for people backing Melbourne to be home of the National Broadband Network and asking them to make their views known to Mr Abbott through the group.

“If Tony Abbott gets his way he’ll scrap the National Broadband Network and the 700 highly skilled jobs that are set to be based in Melbourne’s national operations centre,” Mr Brumby said.

“Melbourne is regarded as the ICT capital of Australia and with the hub of the National Broadband Network we are set for an exciting future.

“But this future is under direct threat from the Liberal and National parties.

“Tony Abbott doesn’t understand the internet and obviously doesn’t care about Victoria’s ICT jobs.

“Even worse – Ted Baillieu refuses to stand up to him so now its up to every Victorian to make their voice heard before Mr Abbott gets his way and destroys the National Broadband Network.”

Mr Brumby said Victorian Facebook users keen to show their support for the NBN and the next phase of Victoria’s future prosperity should head to http://bit.ly/vicnbnjobs to sign up and show their support.

“The National Broadband Network is more than better download speeds – it means isolated Victorians can keep in contact better, businesses around Victoria can compete better on the international stage, we can deliver better education to our classrooms and medical researchers can work together better to fight disease,” Mr Brumby said.

“Over 230 Victorian cities, towns and suburbs will be left with a second rate internet service under Tony Abbott, holding back Victorian businesses and putting Victorian jobs at risk.

“Don’t let Tony Abbott take our NBN jobs from Melbourne.”

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