BILLSHOCK: How Stuart Robert MP could have saved taxpayers thousands on his internet bill

An amazing story surfaced today of a Federal MP claiming extraordinary costs from the taxpayer for his home internet bill.  Several thousand dollars a month – how could this be?

From March to June Mr Robert claimed a staggering $8655 from his entitlements against his home internet service.  Just think about that – four months, $8655.  I have two NBN connections at my home, both unlimited, both at the highest available speeds – it would take me 45 months to rack up an $8655 bill!

So how did it happen?

Mr Robert lives in a remote part of the Gold Coast, according to him “a long way from the exchange”.  His claims just a few years ago were for $70 odd a month, so he had internet, we can only assume that was ADSL.

However, to ensure a “reliable and stable” internet connection, Mr Robert hooked up a 4G internet service.  We all know those ain’t cheap.

But for many, like Mr Robert, they are the only option.  No NBN yet, so to get speeds suitable for a modern businessman let alone politician, 4G it was.

I accept that.  But he claims to have had a 50GB limit, and paid per GB after that.  He’s been using almost 300GB it seems, because at $10 per 1GB he’s been clocking up those bills.

But here’s the real issue.  At some point didn’t it seem just ludicrous that you would be paying $1000 for internet?  Let alone over $2,000?

Bloody oath.  Any regular Aussie would have simply curbed their usage.  Tell the kids to knock off the streaming, pair back you usage.

A smart Aussie would simply sign up to a different service, maybe two of them.

Two Optus 4G Home Wireless Services would cost $180 a month, and give you 500GB of data.  Come on folks, that’s the solution.

Word is he’s going to pay the money back.  Let’s hope he finds a better solution.  And Mr Robert, if you need some advice on finding a good deal – Ask Trev!

He also reports today that he has an NBN installation appointment booked.

Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.

He produces and hosts two popular podcasts, EFTM and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He also appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the resident Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show each day and appears regularly on A Current Affair.

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BILLSHOCK: How Stuart Robert MP could have saved taxpayers thousands on his internet bill


  1. Adam

    October 5, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    If his kids are using his taxpayer funded internet connection for their private use, isn’t that fraud against the entitlements?

  2. Paul

    October 8, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    and they wonder why regular people don’t relate to them.

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