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Type: Journal article
Title: The politics of broadband: Labor and new information technology from Hawke to Gillard
Author: Johnson, C.
Citation: Australian Journal of Political Science, 2011; 46(1):3-18
Publisher: Carfax Publishing
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1036-1146
1742-9536
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Responsibility: 
Carol Johnson
Abstract: Labor's broadband policy influenced key regional independents to support the formation of the minority Gillard government. However, analysing information technology policy doesn't only demonstrate continuing differences between Labor and the Coalition. It also demonstrates changing Labor attitudes on issues ranging from neoliberalism, globalisation and social inclusion to conceptions of market failure and the rising power of Asia. In particular, this article compares and contrasts the attitudes of the Rudd government to those of the Hawke and Keating governments, arguing that the Rudd government placed much more emphasis on the role that market failure had played in contributing to Australia's poor broadband provision. The resulting policy involved an increased role for government in rolling out broadband not only to the cities but also to regional Australia. That approach benefitted Gillard. It also reflected ideological differences between not just Labor and the Liberals, but also between Rudd and his Labor predecessors.
Rights: © 2011 Australian Political Studies Association
RMID: 0020104833
DOI: 10.1080/10361146.2010.546337
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