Ludlam is also critical of the opposition's lack of foresight and the potential for FTTN to have an additional impact on the environment.
"What the government's expert panel found years ago was that before too long you have to cut over the copper anyway. The nodes will end up in landfill -- the cabinets will end up in landfill -- and you end up having to rip the copper up anyhow," he said.
While Turnbull has been left to fight the flag for FTTN for the Coalition, Ludlam said the decision ultimately goes back to Abbott.
"They're stuck with a leader whose views don't accord with the fact that the digital economy is an enormous enabler of social growth and economic development," he said.
"I think Mr Abbot understands mining pretty well. I don't think he understands much about anything else at all, so he doesn't really have the vision. He doesn't see the need for a network like this and that's what they've stuck Mr Turnbull with."
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