Turnbull asks how the NBN got that way

Former Telstra official to lead audit of NBN policy process under Labor

The Coalition will deepen its probe of the National Broadband Network, with the government announcing the appointment of a former Telstra official to investigate the public policy process behind Labor’s NBN.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the appointment of Bill Scales to perform the audit. Scales was previously in charge of regulatory matters at Telstra as group managing director for regulatory and corporate affairs.

Scales also served as chairman of the Industry Commission and secretary of Victoria’s department of premier and cabinet.

“The independent audit will investigate the advice, decisions and policy processes that led to the National Broadband Network policy and establishment of NBN Co,” Turnbull announced today.

The audit will cover the period from April 2008 when the government sought proposals for the NBN to May 2010 when the implementation study was released. Scales must report back to the government in four months, Turnbull said.

The audit is in addition to a review of NBN Co governance being conducted by KordaMentha and follows a strategic review of the NBN in December that recommended a new multi-technology approach to the national network.

The Coalition has also appointed a separate review panel to do a cost-benefit analysis and regulatory review of the NBN.

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3 Comments

Greg

1

Good one M.T. more jobs for the boys of Telstra. So we really do have a National Bigpond network.
Maybe when the Libs lose government, we can hold an audit into why MT employed so many of his mates to run the NBN and why his yes man Ziggy was paid $5000 a week. The Libs have been in charge now for 6 months and all MT can do is hold audit after audit.
I have really given up on any type of high speed broadband for my home as they are all talk.

Can all these Telstra bosses explain why Telstrahave had VOIP for its business customers since 2007 and not for home users? So we have been supporting business by the illegal use of line rental. When in fact there is no such thing as the connection from the telegraph pole to your home is your line not Telstra.

bluetie

2

The government seems to be solving the jobs issue by appointing more and more people to do it's bidding with reports on NBN.

How objective will these reports be, because the way the process is being dragged out, they look to be completed just in time for the next election?

Frank

3

These clowns have been in office for 7 months now. Where is their FTTN network? I haven't seen any rollout plans. Seems to be plenty of witch hunts and no actual action. Get on with something for Christ's sake - even if that involves saying "we were wrong".

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