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Liberals Let Down Internet Reliant Small Business

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Tags: Basslink, Internet Access

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens IT and Innovation spokesperson

The Minister for IT and Innovation told Tasmanians in January he'd been advised that "data and voice traffic currently carried on the Basslink fibre will not be lost during repairs".

Minister Ferguson's January statements didn't ring true as many Tasmanians headed off to work this morning, not knowing if they were going to be able to operate their small businesses.

It's not good enough for the Minister to express his regret about the problem and his disappointment with service providers. He told Tasmanians it was all going to be fine, and it is anything but.

Minister Ferguson seems to have adopted the same hands off approach as his colleague, Minister Groom, when he talks about faults with the Basslink cable. Shifting the blame back onto ISPs is unacceptable, given his previous statements and his reassurances that he was in conversation with providers.

If the Minister was having conversations with ISPs, he would've known the data problem was looming and his government could've warned consumers and asked them to pre-emptively contact their providers.

In the government's rush to pretend everything was fine, they've left Tasmanians and small businesses hanging.

After coming into power as the alleged saviour of jobs in Tasmania, the Liberals have seriously let down our small businesses.