Feeds

World's biggest luddite strikes again!

Australia's Senator Alston dismisses ADSL

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

The world's biggest luddite, Senator Richard Alston - who unfortunately is also the minister for Communications, Information Technology and The Arts for the Australian government - has struck again.

Not content with outlawing email, gambling and any material ever that is not suitable for children, he has now attacked a plan to roll out broadband Internet access across Oz.

A proposal in the Labour party's policy statement (stolen from the Internet's Industry Association) that all homes should have cable by 2006 has been rubbished by Senator Alston, who called it "a costly waste of time" and "horrendously expensive".

Maybe it is if he has his way - there would be no point in using the Internet in the first place. He then claimed that despite 98 per cent of households in Singapore having a cable connection, only two to three per cent of them have taken it up.

The only reason South Korea uses so much broadband, he continued, is because kids are playing games. "There's no role for government in facilitating that roll-out," he said. "My kids don't need any help in that regard."

This, may we remind you again, is Australia's minister for Communications, Information Technology and The Arts. Proof, were it needed, that Richard Alston retains his crown as Greatest Luddite in the World. Well done Richard. ®

Related Stories

This man must be the biggest luddite in history
Australia to make online gambling illegal
Heads Oz wins; tail you lose

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.