Federal Election, Hasluck: Couple critical of NBN


Jason Clare with Bill Leadbetter,  ALP candidate for Hasluck, and Michael and Lynda Goldschlager.
Jason Clare with Bill Leadbetter, ALP candidate for Hasluck, and Michael and Lynda Goldschlager.

THE Goldschlager family from Mahogany Creek are voting in Hasluck for the first time in this election.

Both members of the household run their own businesses from home and are concerned that they need the NBN urgently to be working.

Michael Goldschlager is a world-renowned musician and Lynda Goldschlager runs a small business, both operating out of a home office.

They built their new home after researching with Telstra where the broadband was available.

But once their home was built, Mr Goldschlager said he was informed by Telstra that there was no ADSL available and there were no plans to upgrade the local exchange in Glen Forrest.

He said he received an email from the NBN on December 7, stating that “building the NBN network had not commenced in his area yet”.

It went on to say that “I have however located the suburb of Mahogany Creek on the Three-Year Construction plan. Mahogany Creek is scheduled for Fibre To The Node, NBN will commence building of this network in the second half of 2018”.

Mr Goldschlager said he was the music supervisor for the Chuck Lorre comedy Mom, but lost his job because he was unable to respond to requests for music based on the video Warner Brothers was sending.

“There was insufficient bandwidth to cope with the video,” he said.

His wife Lynda relies on the internet almost exclusively for marketing and advertising her business.

She said the daily nightmare of uploading high-resolution photographs and a complete inability to upload any video compromised her commercially. She is not able to be ‘agile’ or ‘innovative’ because of the ‘third world’ broadband that is available in the Perth metropolitan area.

Mr Goldschlager has recently returned from India, where he played principal cello with the Australian World Orchestra.

He said the quality of the internet in Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi far exceeded that available to him and his wife in Hasluck.

The Goldschlagers met with Federal Opposition communications spokesman Jason Clare, who said a Shorten Government wanted to roll out 21st century optic fibre to Kalamunda, Midland, Forrestfield and Mundaring.

“We will direct the NBN to prioritise the rollout of Fibre-to-the-Premises to up to 60,000 homes and businesses,” he said.

Mr Clare said that Fibre-to-the-Premises to homes in Kalamunda, Midland, Forrestfield and Mundaring was a priority for the ALP and would create jobs for locals.

“In 2013, Malcolm Turnbull promised that the people of Kalamunda, Midland, Forrestfield and Mundaring would get the NBN this year.

“Three years later and the rollout of Malcolm Turnbull’s second-rate NBN in these suburbs has not even started.”

“While we wait, we’ve dropped from 30th in the world for internet speeds to 60th.”

The Liberal Government said Labor had promised ‘free’ technology upgrades, and their costings were $30 billion more than predicted.

Federal Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said it would take six to eight years longer to get the NBN than the Labor Party had promised.

“Everyone remembers what happened only three years ago when Labor last mismanaged the NBN.

“Australians will wait longer under Labor for the NBN and will pay more,” he said.