What are you saying: GST campaign, mandatory filter, budget NBN

Every week, Computerworld Australia collates all the things our readers have been saying about the news, both in the forums and in comments.

Every week, Computerworld Australia collates all the things our readers have been saying about the news, both in the forums and in comments.

Here’s what you had to say on: Harvey wrong on GST, says rival retailers

“Good on you Gerry. This younger generation of people have not known the impact of this kind of thing on future jobs. Been through 2 recessions and believe me, this kind of thing will destroy jobs. My old industry was destroyed virtually overnight when the government foolishly lifted tarifs on imported goods. Many thousands lost their jobs then and it will happen in retail too. Businesses will go down the gurgler. I saw 100,000 businesses go to the wall in Australia in the early 10's. What a disaster that was for all concerned. Nip this in the bud now before it does any real damage. Come on Government. Do what you get paid to do. Look the bloody hell after the people and their jobs.” – said Gerryfan on Harvey wrong on GST: Rival retailers

Here’s what you had to say on: NBN Co's Quigley plays down Alcatel bribery concerns

“I agree, but a small correction. Alcatel has not admitted SEC's allegations, but to pay a fine as settlement (when they realised they could not win the case). So Quigley is absolutely lying here to the public here, the reason he and Beaufret were not formally investigated or other senior roles is because Alcatel Lucent settled the case before it got to that stage. And they had been sacked anyway. Their new management said that as part of remediation the company now has a new CEO, executive committee and board of directors. I think that makes it crystal clear. They were seen as responsible and they were replaced. Clearly this NBN now has a massive taint all over it. They should both be stood down in the public interest and the NBN Board should be doing that right now as part of its normal duties and responsibilities.” – said frank k on NBN Co's Quigley plays down Alcatel bribery concerns

Here’s what you had to say on: Mandatory ISP filter still on the agenda, says Gillard

“I hope that the government is setting aside a lot of money for the lawsuits that come after the secret list mistakenly censors legitimate companies like the dentist that was censored during the trial.

@john 1. This "filter" will stop less than 5% of child porn because most of it uses a different area of the internet (just as email uses a different area) than the WWW. 2. It takes days or weeks to implement a website ban, but the "bad guys" change their IP in seconds. It's like bailing with a sieve. 3. Parents will have a very false sense of security, which actually puts the kids in greater danger. 4. The ONLY thing the filter does is work as a political point for the extreme right...and not a very effective one. It's been slammed by almost every government and group on the planet.” – said Charles on Mandatory ISP filter still on the agenda: Gillard

Here’s what you had to say on: Harvey retreats from online GST campaign

“It wasn't "badly communicated" it was an outright bad IDEA. Gerry and his mates should have known better. His customers aren't stupid...well not all of them.” – said Richard Ure on Harvey retreats from online GST campaign

Here’s what you had to say on: Budget NBN offering unlikely to hit it big

“I think tiered pricing based on speed by NBN Co may well be its undoing. Many of users migrating from ADSL will look at the 12/1Mbps and 25/5Mbps and compare the prices with wireless competition. There is a fair chance that wireless will offer cheaper plans (at least in metro areas) and many will choose wireless, disconnecting the home phone. If plan prices were based on quota, then 1Gbps then wireless wouldn't look that attractive. If we make the assumption that the cost difference between delivering 12Mbps and 1Gbps is minimal then the 6 fold difference in wholesale costs suggests that already. This means that it is already difficult to relate wholesale prices charged by NBNCo to the actual costs incurred. We risk being in the same situation as currently with various arguments about the cost of Telstra infrastructure. Finally by setting prices based on bandwidth, we risk being an internet backwater because people choose the cheaper speeds.” – said Matthew on Budget NBN offering unlikely to hit it big

Here’s what you had to say on: Kogan slams big retailers

“I am a retailer myself and I think the large retailer's stance is self-serving rubbish. They haven't thought this through. The 10% of GST is NOT the issue. They should become more competitive and get rid of their huge margins and (in the case of Harvey Norman) the stupid and allegedly "free" long periods of interest-free payment. There are no free lunches and we all know WE are paying for that. Get real.” – said Fitzy on Kogan slams big retailers

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