Press Gallery doorstop
Parliament House, Canberra
24 August 2016
Subjects: AFP, NBN.
E & OE
hear Stephen Conroy, every word coming out of his mouth was wrong. Stephen
Conroy has alleged that the NBN is behind schedule and over budget. That’s
completely incorrect. NBN released their financial year results last week,
which showed that NBN is now available to three million Australians. That’s a
quarter of the population. NBN will be complete by 2020.
under Labor was a failed project. Contractors had downed tools in four states.
Only 51,000 people had hooked up to the NBN under Stephen Conroy and they’d
missed their 2013 rollout targets by one million. Malcolm Turnbull, as
Communications Minister, brought order to bear where there was chaos. So the
story of the NBN under this government is a good one. Clearly, Stephen Conroy
is embarrassed by the comparison between the rollout of the NBN under this
government and the rollout of the NBN under his tenure as Minister.
the AFP raiding today though?
have no idea if the AFP is conducting operational police activity today. And
the reason for that is that the AFP operates independently of Government. What
Stephen Conroy has sought to do today is to continue Labor’s smear…
always wanted to do this, break in on somebody else’s press conference.
how are you?
raids in the Department of Parliamentary Services though, they do seem quite
extraordinary, do you agree?
I say, I don’t know if the AFP is undertaking any operational police activity
today, because the AFP operates independently of government. But Stephen Conroy
and Labor are continuing their smear on the integrity of the Australian Federal
facts are these: NBN believed that there was commercial in confidence material
which was being stolen from the organisation. NBN is perfectly within its
rights to refer such allegations to appropriate authorities. As a result, the
AFP is undertaking an investigation and they should be allowed to go about
Conroy has called on the AFP to cease their investigations. That is an
extraordinary thing for a Member of Parliament to call upon an independent law
enforcement organisation to cease their activities.
it your understanding that for the AFP to actually carry out this sort of
search, they need to get the permission of the Presiding Officers of both
houses to even get into the building?
look as I say, I’m not aware if there is any operational police activity that
is occurring today…
is that normal Parliamentary practice?
there are protocols in place which the Presiding Officers have jurisdiction
wouldn’t the Government have been told by the Speaker or the President that
they have had this request by the AFP for access to Parliament?
I say, I am unaware if the AFP is or isn’t undertaking any operational police