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Turnbull Says Strategic Review Into NBN Shows Delays And Cost Blowouts

The Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, says a review of the National Broadband Network shows it is two years behind schedule, has passed with fibre just 2% of its target, and will cost $29 billion more than the Labor government promised.

Turnbull released the Strategic Review into the NBN in a Ministerial Statement to the House of Representatives today.

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The cost of the NBN had increased from $44 billion to $73 billion, according to Turnbull. [Read more…]


Jason Clare Accuses Government Of ‘Tawdry Excuses’ Over NBN Promise

The Shadow Minister for Communications, Jason Clare, has accused the Abbott government of breaking one of its most important election promises.

Clare was responding in the House of Representatives to today’s ministerial statement by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Clare said Turnbull’s abandonment of the coalition’s promise to deliver speeds of 25 megabits nationwide by 2016 made this “a day that the government will rue for a very long time”. [Read more…]


Turnbull Issues ‘Statement Of Expectations’ For The NBN

The Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, has issued a statement of expectations for the National Broadband Network.

Speaking at a press conference today, Turnbull also confirmed that he had requested the resignations of the NBN Board. He said this should not be taken as a personal criticism of the board but as a means of giving the government maximum flexibility when considering its options.

Turnbull said he had order NBN Co to continue rolling out fibre under existing contracts while a strategic review is undertaken. [Read more…]


Malcolm Turnbull: “It Has Never Been Easier To Get Away With Telling Lies”

The Shadow Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has again lamented the “game of politics” and decried the dumbing down of political debate.

Speaking at the Woodford Folk Festival on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Turnbull said “it has never been easier to get away with the glib one-liner”.

Turnbull said “broadcasters, or politicians or writers…who think that they are respecting ‘struggle street’, the battlers, …by dumbing things down into one-line soundbites are not respecting them, they are treating them with contempt.

“Because it is our job, above all in politics, to tackle the big issues, and to explain them and have the honesty to say to people, ‘there are no easy solutions here’. If the answer to global warming was obvious and simple, we’d have it licked by now.” [Read more…]


Tony Abbott On Floods, NBN, School Chaplains And Gillard

This is the audio of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s media conference today.

Abbott discussed the Queensland floods, the National Broadband Network, school chaplains, and the Gillard government. [Read more…]


NBN Business Case Released

The NBN Business Case report has been released by the federal government.

Pressure for release of the National Broadband Network business case has been mounting for some time.

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, accompanied by Wayne Swan, Senator Conroy, Senator Wong, and the Chairman of NBNCo, Mike Quigley, held a press conference in Canberra today to release the report. [Read more…]