Labor has put in a new plank in their broadband policy: they are going to provide computers and wire up all secondary school students in Australia. It will cost $1 billion and will cover public and private schools. Going across these is a good idea although the precise terms are something that will be interesting to look at.
This is a better way to do e-Education than wiring homes up. It is targeted on that activity and is part of education — something provided by the government. I was critical of Labor’s broadband policy as I didn’t see it as a public good. This aspect, however, does fall within that rubric and is a potentially sensible use of public money. Someone get Steve Jobs on the phone. Surely, we don’t want Vista everywhere.