Broadband, Telstra and Poker

The Australian telecommunications sector has been a mess now for almost two decades. Poor decision making by the Hawke, Keating and Howard governments gave Telstra an infrastructure monopoly that stifled competition and innovation. What is almost universally acknowledged is that Telstra should have been separated into an infrastructure company and a retail company, allowing competitors to have the same level of network access as Telstra enjoyed. This seemed an impossible task, Telstra and their shareholders were hostile to the idea and full privatisation had left the government without any meaningful way to wield influence. That all changed last week.
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Money for insulation

I think the idea of the government paying for residential homes to have better insulation is a great one. The benefit is broadly received, both by the home owners and the local contractors who do the work. Much better than simply filling the coffers of one or giant construction firms.

I feel a little unwell

I just agreed with an article by Janet Albrechtsen. Kevin07’s daggy salute to George Bush is a non story, if he had have flipped him the bird that would have been a story, but not this.

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I think I need to go and get outraged about some Andrew Bolt, just to be sure that I’m not losing my lefty cred.

Update: Nope, nothing, Bolta seems to have turned into a grumpy old man yelling at people from street corners. I can’t even get angry at him, he just seems pathetic and lost. I’m going to put this down as saying more about him than me. Just to be on the safe side I think I’ll call everyone comrade for the rest of the day.

Homeless people?

On last night’s 7.30 Report, Kevin Rudd made the hearts of Australia’s lefties flutter when he mentioned dealing with homelessness as a priority for his government.

“When I visited homeless shelters during the campaign the turn away rate for people who presented homeless shelters is horrific. Turn away rates of something like 80 or 90 per cent. Now this is just wrong in a country as wealthy as ours.”

You change the Government, you change the country. I think that Kevin Rudd is going to lose the ‘Howard-lite’ tag pretty quickly as this new Government begins to achieve things in areas that the Liberals wouldn’t even think about, let alone act upon.