Documents Show $22m of Mobile Black Spot Funding in Victoria and New South Wales Slated for Labor Electorates

Zero Funding In Victoria and New South Wale for Non-Labor Seats

New analysis reveals the Albanese Government is planning to spend more than $22M for mobile black spot projects in a monopoly deal for Labor seats in Victoria and NSW.

The locations were recently hand-picked by the Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland, under Round 6 of the Mobile Black Spot Program.

Draft Guidelines for the Mobile Black Spot Program show that every dollar of the program in Victoria and NSW is set to be spent in Labor electorates.

“We’ve seen only three projects selected in Victoria plus 27 in NSW all going to ALP-held seats,” Mr Coleman said.
“The figures shows that more than $22M would go to Victorian and NSW projects in Labor seats.

“This funding monopoly in Victoria and NSW represents more than half of the $40 million spending in the entire Round 6 of the Mobile Black Spot Program.”

Mr Coleman will this week visit a number of Victorian regional communities that missed out in the recent mobile black spot funding.

“I look forward to listening to residents in regional Victorian areas this week about their mobile coverage issues, and the need for funding to be allocated in a fair and unbiased way.”

In December 2021, Anthony Albanese said:

“Taxpayers don’t pay different rates of tax according to what electorate they’re in … They deserve better than to have their funds, their taxpayer funds from their hard work, funnelled into marginal electorates on the basis of a political whim.”
Mr Coleman said Australians seeking improved mobile coverage deserve to have a Minister that chooses to support all regions of Australia, not just her Labor mates in Victorian and NSW seats.

The Hon. David Coleman MP
Federal Member for Banks
Shadow Minister for Communications