Senate Majority Report Slams NBN’s ‘unreliable’ Data
A Senate committee report, inked by chairwoman and Labor Senator Kate Lundy and Greens senator Scott Ludlam, slammed the company building the $41 billion project for being too “uncertain”, saying it provided rubbery figures on how much the network would cost or how long it would take to build.
“The committee notes that the headline financial and deployment numbers that have been divulged to date by NBN Co and the Government are dated and unreliable,” the report said. “The committee notes that 18 months into this Government’s term, the Australian Parliament and the Australian people are being kept in the dark by the minister and NBN Co on the cost and rollout timeframe of the NBN.”
In a dissenting report, Liberal senators said the findings did not reflect the current status of the NBN rollout.
“The conduct of the committee has been an abuse of the Senate’s power. The behaviour of some committee members has been calculated to bully and intimidate key NBN Co executives, and undermine the NBN’s capacity to deliver on its operational targets,” said Senator Arthur Sinodinos.