NBN Co's Quigley unphased by Opposition's NBN policy void

Shadow communications minister’s as yet unstated position on the NBN not keeping Quigley awake at night

NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley

NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley

NBN Co chief Mike Quigley has kept mum on whether a change in Federal Government could signal trouble for the $43 billion National Broadband Network (NBN).

Speaking at the Broadband and Beyond conference in Sydney, Quigley said he “would not get involved in politics” by discussing either the shadow communications minister’s as yet unstated position on the NBN, or whether the Liberal Party could stop or roll back the network.

“I try to stay out of politics as much as I can,” Quigley said, responding to Computerworld Australia questions. “It is up to the shadow minister to comment when he feels like commenting.

“In regards to the upcoming election, we will continue doing what we are doing.”

The federal opposition has been publicly critical of the massive financial investment of NBN.

Quigley would also not be drawn on whether progress has been made to integrate Telstra’s network into the NBN.

He said that the NBN Mackinsey-KPMG implementation study had “progressed” but did not say whether the results would be used by the NBNCo or in the implementation of the NBN itself.

“There is a lot of cooperation [between Mackinsey-KPMG and NBNCo]," Quigley said. "We are kicking around ideas.”

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