New Zealand PM is facing criticism for saying Australia is ‘not a democracy’
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is facing backlash over her claim that Australia’s government is “not a democratic society”.
In a video posted on Twitter, Ms Arderne claimed the government had refused to consult with the National Farmers Union (NFU) about changes to the National Broadband Network (NBN) in order to keep the scheme open.
The Prime Minister also said the government was considering a new model of the NBN which would “make it easier for farmers to get their land back”.
“I think we have been very clear that we are not a democracy.
We are not going to be a democracy,” Ms Arden said.”
But we are a democratic country and we are going to give it a chance.”
But in a statement released on Tuesday, the NFU said it had not been consulted and the Government had taken “appropriate action to ensure that our members are fully consulted on all changes to our national broadband network”.
“We have been given a clear mandate from our National Broadbands Council to provide advice on the implementation of the National Network,” the NFSU said.
Ms Arderns comments were widely condemned by farmers and rural organisations across the country, and the NBN’s main rival Telstra has already vowed to sue.
“We need a national broadband strategy that protects rural Australia from the threat of internet outages, but that doesn’t mean we have to be afraid of technology that’s out of reach,” National Farmers Party (NFP) leader Shane Jones said.
Topics:internet-technology,government-and-politics,government,internet-policy,internet,internetaustraliaFirst posted November 02, 2017 17:19:19Contact Nick McCarthyMore stories from New Zealand