NBN “rushed, chaotic and inadequate”

A new report on the NBN has politicians quarrelling over the project.

NBN “rushed, chaotic and inadequate”

In a new 186-page report on the National Broadband Network, former Telstra Director Bill Scales has said that the planning of the project was “rushed, chaotic and inadequate”.

He has also recommended that all public infrastructure projects worth over $1 billion should be subject to a cost-benefit analysis, with the results made public before the project starts.

What will this mean for the future of the NBN?

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who appointed Scales to lead this new report, has backed the findings and said that public cost-benefit analyses would lead to “a higher standard of professionalism and diligence.”

Stephen Conroy, who oversaw the planning of the NBN in the Rudd government, has responded on ABC Radio to the attacks on the NBN.

“Well, the Government has now spent $10 million commissioning six reports of which this is just one that are all a political attack on the National Broadband Network” 

“Why is Malcolm Turnbull spending $10 million of taxpayers' money to attack the NBN? Because his policy is a dog.”

What do you think? Should future projects be revealed in full to the public to prevent situations like this?


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    21st Aug 2014
    Totally agree with Bill Scales.The NBN plan was rushed and chaotic.Just like the pink batts and school halls for all whether you want them or not plans.
    21st Aug 2014
    Billy when I was working people would have been sacked for such incompetence - also could I add the $900 given to many to buy flat screen TV sets - I didn't get it but my son did - I read a month ago taxation dept was still paying out $900 up to Dec13 - some to people who have not lived in Australia for 20 years - pathetic
    Polly Esther
    21st Aug 2014
    No !
    21st Aug 2014
    Tell me again.... how much over budget and over due is the NBN?
    22nd Aug 2014
    The NBA was just one of many Kevin Rudd stuff ups.
    22nd Aug 2014
    The big losers if the NBN goes ahead in its original form will be Telstra and Foxtel. The Liberal Party needs to pay the piper for Murdoch's support in getting them into power.The NBN is finished and we will end up with a substandard product more suited to a third world economy.
    22nd Aug 2014
    We are a third world country just look at our road and hospital system - might be Ok if you live in one of the capital cities

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