In a statement on Friday, Rowland said a year prior, Labor had warned that communications policy was on a road to nowhere under the government because a policy roadmap, announced in 2016, had not been consulted on, or released, by late 2017.
And, she added, "In late 2018, there’s still no sign of it."
Rowland referred to a response to a question under notice, which was released on Thursday, wherein it was said that Fifield had released a roadmap in order "to present the government’s priorities and achievements in relation to the communications sector” and that “the roadmap is under development”.
- "building a second-rate copper NBN that costs more and does less;
- "missing deadline after deadline for delivery of the spectrum reforms;
- "stalling the passage of an omnibus deregulation Bill that has been hanging around for years;
- "re-announcing an acronym to describe existing safeguards for the delivery of phone and broadband services; and
- "failing to overhaul the regulatory framework for media and communications, which successive chairs of the ACMA have referred to as ‘strained’, broken’ and ‘irrelevant’."
Rowland said the government, in its sixth year in office, had failed "to articulate a genuine vision, strategy or roadmap to address challenges and harness opportunities in the communications sector".
"As other countries implement and refine plans to reap the benefits of communications-based transformation, Australia remains stuck on Groundhog Day," she claimed. "On the eve of 2019, it is clear the ATM government has nothing to guide the Department, regulator or sector.
"Australia cannot afford another term of this dysfunctional government and do-nothing minister."
Reaction has been sought from Fifield.