Which politicians already have the NBN at their electorate office?

Angus Kidman 30 June 2016 NEWS

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I was wondering recently: are politicians gaming the system so they can get access to the National Broadband Network (NBN) faster than anyone else?

To find out, I grabbed a full list of the electorate office addresses for every member of the House of Representatives in the most recent Parliament. By feeding those addresses into our NBN tracker, it was easy to calculate the proportion of politicians who have ensured that their office staff are getting the benefit of a faster connection.

It turns out that in aggregate, politicians are no more likely to be hooked up than the average Australian. Of those 128 local members, 28 (21.88%) have an NBN connection available to their electorate office. Overall, the NBN has been connected up to two million of its planned eight million premises. In other words, a quarter of us can get the NBN and that's also true of politicians.

17 (13.28%) of the electorate offices listed are in locations where the NBN is actively under construction. The remaining 83 (64.84%) still don't have a confirmed date for NBN construction. Like the rest of us, they're just going to have to wait.

It wouldn't have been surprising if politicians sought to help themselves during the NBN rollout by making sure their office was connected as quickly as possible, but based on these numbers, that hasn't been the case so far. There's no doubt that many of the early NBN rollout sites (such as Armidale in New England or much of the Tasmanian rollout) were chosen for political reasons. However, at this stage the odds of a politician having their electoral office on the NBN are no better than for the population at large.

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If you're curious, here's the full list of members in the 44th Parliament and their electoral office NBN connection status. Click on any of the headings to sort on that column.

Name Political Party State Electorate NBN status
Sharon Bird ALP NSW Cunningham Available
Sharon Claydon ALP NSW Newcastle Available
Stephen Jones ALP NSW Throsby Available
Warren Entsch LP QLD Leichhardt Available
Andrew Giles ALP Vic Scullin Available
Catherine King ALP Vic Ballarat Available
Michelle Rowland ALP NSW Greenway Available
Steve Irons LP WA Swan Available
Peter Hendy LP NSW Eden-Monaro Available
Kate Ellis ALP SA Adelaide Available
Tim Watts ALP Vic Gellibrand Available
Darren Chester Nats VIC Gippsland Available
Gai Brodtmann ALP ACT Canberra Not yet
Ewen Jones LP QLD Herbert Available
Louise Markus LP NSW Macquarie Available
Tony Zappia ALP SA Makin Available
Wyatt Roy LP QLD Longman Available
Rob Mitchell ALP Vic McEwen Construction
George Christensen Nats Qld Dawson Available
Jamie Briggs LP SA Mayo Construction
Cathy McGowan Ind. Vic Indi Construction
Russell Broadbent LP Vic McMillan Construction
Keith Pitt Nats QLD Hinkler Available
Scott Buchholz LP QLD Wright Construction
Fiona Scott LP NSW Lindsay Available
Ann Sudmalis LP NSW Gilmore Available
Lucy Wicks LP NSW Robertson Available
Julie Collins ALP Tas Franklin Available
Mark Coulton Nats NSW Parkes Available
Luke Hartsuyker Nats NSW Cowper Available
Adam Bandt AG Vic Melbourne Not yet
Anthony Byrne ALP Vic Holt Not yet
Luke Howarth LP Qld Petrie Construction
Sussan Ley LP NSW Farrer Construction
Tony Pasin LP SA Barker Construction
Michelle Landry Nats Qld Capricornia Construction
Lisa Chesters ALP Vic Bendigo Not yet
Karen McNamara LP NSW Dobell Construction
Angus Taylor LP NSW Hume Construction
Michael Danby ALP Vic Melbourne Ports Not yet
Mark Dreyfus ALP Vic Isaacs Not yet
Michael McCormack Nats NSW Riverina Construction
Melissa Price LP WA Durack Available
Natasha Griggs CLP NT Solomon Available
Anthony Albanese ALP NSW Grayndler Not yet
Michael Keenan LP WA Stirling Construction
Chris Bowen ALP NSW McMahon Not yet
Tony Burke ALP NSW Watson Not yet
David Feeney ALP Vic Batman Not yet
Jason Clare ALP NSW Blaxland Not yet
Pat Conroy ALP NSW Charlton Not yet
Clive Palmer PUP Qld Fairfax Construction
Jenny Macklin ALP Vic Jagajaga Not yet
Justine Elliot ALP NSW Richmond Not yet
Andrew Nikolic LP TAS Bass Available
Nola Marino LP WA Forrest Construction
Julie Bishop LP WA Curtin Not yet
Terri Butler ALP QLD Griffith Not yet
Joel Fitzgibbon ALP NSW Hunter Not yet
Chris Hayes ALP NSW Fowler Not yet
Jim Chalmers ALP Qld Rankin Not yet
Ian Goodenough LP WA Moore Not yet
Ed Husic ALP NSW Chifley Not yet
Richard Marles ALP Vic Corio Not yet
Shayne Neumann ALP Qld Blair Not yet
Graham Perrett ALP Qld Moreton Not yet
Julie Owens ALP NSW Parramatta Not yet
Andrew Leigh ALP ACT Fraser Not yet
Tanya Plibersek ALP NSW Sydney Not yet
Brendan O'Connor ALP Vic Gorton Not yet
Andrew Hastie LP WA Canning Not yet
Matt Thistlethwaite ALP NSW Kingsford Smith Not yet
Clare O'Neil ALP Vic Hotham Not yet
Tony Abbott LP NSW Warringah Not yet
John Alexander LP NSW Bennelong Not yet
Joanne Ryan ALP VIC Lalor Not yet
David Coleman LP NSW Banks Not yet
Bill Shorten ALP Vic Maribyrnong Not yet
Paul Fletcher LP NSW Bradfield Not yet
Wayne Swan ALP Qld Lilley Not yet
Andrew Wilkie Ind. Tas Denison Available
Maria Vamvakinou ALP Vic Calwell Not yet
Bob Katter AUS Qld Kennedy Not yet
Kevin Andrews LP VIC Menzies Not yet
Josh Frydenberg LP VIC Kooyong Not yet
Alex Hawke LP NSW Mitchell Not yet
Karen Andrews LP QLD McPherson Not yet
Mark Butler ALP SA Port Adelaide Not yet
Steven Ciobo LP QLD Moncrieff Not yet
Peter Dutton LP QLD Dickson Not yet
Craig Kelly LP NSW Hughes Not yet
Dennis Jensen LP WA Tangney Not yet
Andrew Laming LP Qld Bowman Not yet
Christian Porter LP WA Pearce Not yet
Nick Champion ALP SA Wakefield Not yet
Amanda Rishworth ALP SA Kingston Not yet
Christopher Pyne LP SA Sturt Not yet
Jane Prentice LP QLD Ryan Not yet
Craig Laundy LP NSW Reid Not yet
Stuart Robert LP QLD Fadden Not yet
Sarah Henderson LP Vic Corangamite Not yet
Russell Matheson LP NSW Macarthur Not yet
Greg Hunt LP VIC Flinders Not yet
Luke Simpkins LP WA Cowan Not yet
Kelly O'Dwyer LP VIC Higgins Not yet
Warren Snowdon ALP NT Lingiari Construction
Scott Morrison LP NSW Cook Not yet
Tony Smith LP Vic Casey Not yet
Bert van Manen LP Qld Forde Not yet
Malcolm Turnbull LP NSW Wentworth Not yet
Michael Sukkar LP Vic Deakin Not yet
Nickolas Varvaris LP NSW Barton Not yet
Dan Tehan LP VIC Wannon Not yet
Trent Zimmerman LP NSW North Sydney Not yet
Alan Tudge LP VIC Aston Not yet
Ross Vasta LP Qld Bonner Not yet
David Gillespie Nats NSW Lyne Not yet
Ken O'Dowd Nats Qld Flynn Not yet
Jason Wood LP Vic La Trobe Not yet
Brett Whiteley LP TAS Braddon Construction
Kevin Hogan Nats NSW Page Not yet
Eric Hutchinson LP Tas Lyons Not yet
Rowan Ramsey LP SA Grey Not yet
Rick Wilson LP WA O'Connor Not yet
Andrew Broad Nats Vic Mallee Not yet
Ken Wyatt LP WA Hasluck Not yet
Matt Williams LP SA Hindmarsh Not yet
Barnaby Joyce Nats NSW New England Not yet

Angus Kidman's Findings column looks at new developments and research that help you save money, make wise decisions and enjoy your life more. It appears Monday through Friday on finder.com.au.

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    CuriosityJuly 1, 2016

    I would love to see some simple stats to see if any particular party was favoured in the roll-out. I just can’t be bothered doing them myself.

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    MatthewJune 30, 2016

    to Mr. Angus Kidman,

    Regarding NBN connections. It would be expensive for many people who do not want this facility, e. g. Elderlies, pensioners, unemployed,…

    Do we have an option of not connecting to a NBN provider? We prefer ADSL and ADLS 2. This would be good enough and less complicated for us.

    Thank you for your opinion.

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      AlexJuly 7, 2016Staff

      Hi Matthew,

      Many NBN connections are catering for lower-income households (and the competition for this is likely to increase as the NBN rollout progresses), but once the NBN rollout has finished in an given area, there’s a grace period where both ADSL and NBN services are offered, after which ADSL services (both ADSL and ADSL2) will no longer be offered by any ISP. So while you would have the option of not connecting, it would also leave you without fixed line services. One option there would be mobile broadband, but that’s more expensive than fixed line in every circumstance.

      Regards,

      Alex.

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