MEDIA RELEASE - Labor's NBN credibility sinks to new low
6 May 2016
Labor’s credibility on the National Broadband Network
(NBN) has sunk to a new low.
Late on Wednesday night the Labor-initiated and
controlled Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network
tabled a six paragraph report without any findings or recommendations following
more than two years of hearings.
During the two and a half years, the Committee conducted
20 separate hearings, took more than 100 hours of testimony, received 318
detailed responses to questions on notice, and accepted more than 100
The chairman or senior executives of nbn were
required to appear before the committee on 16 separate occasions. Yet not a
single finding or recommendation has been made in the committee’s wafer-thin
Labor has bookended its involvement in the nbn
with an ill-conceived and shambolic broadband policy devised on a drink
coaster, and a multi-year committee inquiry which was notable only for its
The nbn is Australia’s largest and most complex
infrastructure project. It will be a key facilitator for innovation in the
It is disappointing the extraordinary achievements of NBN
Co’s Board and management team have not been acknowledged by the Senate Select
Committee in any detail.
Over little more than two years, the number of homes able
to access the nbn network has grown from 288,000 premises, to more than
two million homes in its national footprint. Similarly, customers connected to
the built network stood at 51,000 when Labor lost Government in September 2013.
Today there are close to 960,000 paying customers and annual revenues are
around $300 million and growing.
Under Labor the NBN was a mess, and this report proves
that Labor still can’t be trusted with the NBN.
The report is attached and can be found at http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/National_Broadband_Network/NBN/Final_Report.