Malcolm Turnbull will tell the Newcastle audience of tonight’s Barton Lecture how Newcastle can overcome its infrastructure deficit.

The Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband is predicted to discus the high expectations placed on governments to deliver infrastructure, and question why delivering cost-effective infrastructure is so challenging.

But Labor candidate for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon says he needs to explain to Novocastrians why the Coalition’s Broadband plan will see residents and businesses paying more than their Sydney counterparts for a slower Internet connection.

She says the Federal Governments plan will not have any cost to residents and will provide a faster, more advanced service.