Which politicians already have the NBN at their electorate office?

Angus Kidman 30 June 2016

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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 2 million of its planned 8 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.

NamePolitical PartyStateElectorateNBN status
Sharon BirdALPNSWCunninghamAvailable
Sharon ClaydonALPNSWNewcastleAvailable
Stephen JonesALPNSWThrosbyAvailable
Warren EntschLPQLDLeichhardtAvailable
Andrew GilesALPVicScullinAvailable
Catherine KingALPVicBallaratAvailable
Michelle RowlandALPNSWGreenwayAvailable
Steve IronsLPWASwanAvailable
Peter HendyLPNSWEden-MonaroAvailable
Kate EllisALPSAAdelaideAvailable
Tim WattsALPVicGellibrandAvailable
Darren ChesterNatsVICGippslandAvailable
Gai BrodtmannALPACTCanberraNot yet
Ewen JonesLPQLDHerbertAvailable
Louise MarkusLPNSWMacquarieAvailable
Tony ZappiaALPSAMakinAvailable
Wyatt RoyLPQLDLongmanAvailable
Rob MitchellALPVicMcEwenConstruction
George ChristensenNatsQldDawsonAvailable
Jamie BriggsLPSAMayoConstruction
Cathy McGowanInd.VicIndiConstruction
Russell BroadbentLPVicMcMillanConstruction
Keith PittNatsQLDHinklerAvailable
Scott BuchholzLPQLDWrightConstruction
Fiona ScottLPNSWLindsayAvailable
Ann SudmalisLPNSWGilmoreAvailable
Lucy WicksLPNSWRobertsonAvailable
Julie CollinsALPTasFranklinAvailable
Mark CoultonNatsNSWParkesAvailable
Luke HartsuykerNatsNSWCowperAvailable
Adam BandtAGVicMelbourneNot yet
Anthony ByrneALPVicHoltNot yet
Luke HowarthLPQldPetrieConstruction
Sussan LeyLPNSWFarrerConstruction
Tony PasinLPSABarkerConstruction
Michelle LandryNatsQldCapricorniaConstruction
Lisa ChestersALPVicBendigoNot yet
Karen McNamaraLPNSWDobellConstruction
Angus TaylorLPNSWHumeConstruction
Michael DanbyALPVicMelbourne PortsNot yet
Mark DreyfusALPVicIsaacsNot yet
Michael McCormackNatsNSWRiverinaConstruction
Melissa PriceLPWADurackAvailable
Natasha GriggsCLPNTSolomonAvailable
Anthony AlbaneseALPNSWGrayndlerNot yet
Michael KeenanLPWAStirlingConstruction
Chris BowenALPNSWMcMahonNot yet
Tony BurkeALPNSWWatsonNot yet
David FeeneyALPVicBatmanNot yet
Jason ClareALPNSWBlaxlandNot yet
Pat ConroyALPNSWCharltonNot yet
Clive PalmerPUPQldFairfaxConstruction
Jenny MacklinALPVicJagajagaNot yet
Justine ElliotALPNSWRichmondNot yet
Andrew NikolicLPTASBassAvailable
Nola MarinoLPWAForrestConstruction
Julie BishopLPWACurtinNot yet
Terri ButlerALPQLDGriffithNot yet
Joel FitzgibbonALPNSWHunterNot yet
Chris HayesALPNSWFowlerNot yet
Jim ChalmersALPQldRankinNot yet
Ian GoodenoughLPWAMooreNot yet
Ed HusicALPNSWChifleyNot yet
Richard MarlesALPVicCorioNot yet
Shayne NeumannALPQldBlairNot yet
Graham PerrettALPQldMoretonNot yet
Julie OwensALPNSWParramattaNot yet
Andrew LeighALPACTFraserNot yet
Tanya PlibersekALPNSWSydneyNot yet
Brendan O'ConnorALPVicGortonNot yet
Andrew HastieLPWACanningNot yet
Matt ThistlethwaiteALPNSWKingsford SmithNot yet
Clare O'NeilALPVicHothamNot yet
Tony AbbottLPNSWWarringahNot yet
John AlexanderLPNSWBennelongNot yet
Joanne RyanALPVICLalorNot yet
David ColemanLPNSWBanksNot yet
Bill ShortenALPVicMaribyrnongNot yet
Paul FletcherLPNSWBradfieldNot yet
Wayne SwanALPQldLilleyNot yet
Andrew WilkieInd.TasDenisonAvailable
Maria VamvakinouALPVicCalwellNot yet
Bob KatterAUSQldKennedyNot yet
Kevin AndrewsLPVICMenziesNot yet
Josh FrydenbergLPVICKooyongNot yet
Alex HawkeLPNSWMitchellNot yet
Karen AndrewsLPQLDMcPhersonNot yet
Mark ButlerALPSAPort AdelaideNot yet
Steven CioboLPQLDMoncrieffNot yet
Peter DuttonLPQLDDicksonNot yet
Craig KellyLPNSWHughesNot yet
Dennis JensenLPWATangneyNot yet
Andrew LamingLPQldBowmanNot yet
Christian PorterLPWAPearceNot yet
Nick ChampionALPSAWakefieldNot yet
Amanda RishworthALPSAKingstonNot yet
Christopher PyneLPSASturtNot yet
Jane PrenticeLPQLDRyanNot yet
Craig LaundyLPNSWReidNot yet
Stuart RobertLPQLDFaddenNot yet
Sarah HendersonLPVicCorangamiteNot yet
Russell MathesonLPNSWMacarthurNot yet
Greg HuntLPVICFlindersNot yet
Luke SimpkinsLPWACowanNot yet
Kelly O'DwyerLPVICHigginsNot yet
Warren SnowdonALPNTLingiariConstruction
Scott MorrisonLPNSWCookNot yet
Tony SmithLPVicCaseyNot yet
Bert van ManenLPQldFordeNot yet
Malcolm TurnbullLPNSWWentworthNot yet
Michael SukkarLPVicDeakinNot yet
Nickolas VarvarisLPNSWBartonNot yet
Dan TehanLPVICWannonNot yet
Trent ZimmermanLPNSWNorth SydneyNot yet
Alan TudgeLPVICAstonNot yet
Ross VastaLPQldBonnerNot yet
David GillespieNatsNSWLyneNot yet
Ken O'DowdNatsQldFlynnNot yet
Jason WoodLPVicLa TrobeNot yet
Brett WhiteleyLPTASBraddonConstruction
Kevin HoganNatsNSWPageNot yet
Eric HutchinsonLPTasLyonsNot yet
Rowan RamseyLPSAGreyNot yet
Rick WilsonLPWAO'ConnorNot yet
Andrew BroadNatsVicMalleeNot yet
Ken WyattLPWAHasluckNot yet
Matt WilliamsLPSAHindmarshNot yet
Barnaby JoyceNatsNSWNew EnglandNot yet

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3 Responses to Which politicians already have the NBN at their electorate office?

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    Curiosity | July 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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    Matthew | June 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.

    • Staff
      Alex | July 7, 2016

      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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