The independent pro-fibre National Broadband Network movement is doing a far better job of promoting Labor’s Fibre to the Premises-based NBN policy than Labor itself. When is Labor going to wake from its slumber and start supporting this scrappy but energetic grassroots network of activists?
At 11AM yesterday morning in the ritzy Sydney suburb of Edgecliff, a well-dressed young man named Vladimir Lasky picked up a microphone and gave a short, prepared speech to a small but enthusiastic crowd of people who had gathered around him.
The crowd didn’t look like your average group of political activists. They were of all ages, from young people who appeared to be students to those tending towards middle age, as well as aged citizens who had probably long since retired. There were both men and women. The only thing they had in common was that several were wearing brightly coloured but cheaply manufactured t-shirts emblazoned with a shield logo, and they all looked a little embarrassed to be there, but still quite determined to push their message.
The shield logo was replicated on a large banner which several of the group held, and sitting by the side were several large boxes which appeared to be stacked to the gills with A4 pieces paper.
Lasky’s speech, delivered confidently, precisely, and with finesse, went along very similar lines to a press release which he had co-authored, and which was released late last week. You can watch a video of the speech at iTNews here.
“We’re sending a strong message to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull that he needs to start listening to the Australian people,” said Lasky in the release. Behind him, on the day, can be seen Turnbull’s personal electorate office. Edgecliff is in the heart of his Federal seat of Wentworth.