blog With NBN Co’s $11 billion deal with Telstra expected to be signed tomorrow, and much talk of a similar deal with Optus also about to be announced, is Labor’s ambitious NBN policy about to reach the point of no return — the point at which it will be impossible for the Coalition to stop the NBN juggernaut if they take office?
On the eve of a likely announcement, that’s the question that the ABC’s 7:30 show asked this evening. The full video and transcript is available online here, including this intriguing quote from Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull:
“There’s no doubt the Government is setting this up to make it difficult for future governments to take a more cost-effective, responsible approach. … So there are tens of billions of dollars, we believe, that are being spent unnecessarily here, and at some point, whether it’s a Coalition government or indeed a Labor government, I have no doubt that the rising cost of this is going to result in a redesign.”
I’d hate to be the man that walked into NBN Co’s North Sydney offices in 2013 after the next Federal Election and told the company’s staff that after almost half a decade of effort, the NBN had to go through a “redesign”. Seems like there might be an awfully large number of resignations at that point, including, we suspect, the company’s chief executive Mike Quigley. In any case, it’ll be interesting to see what comes out of tomorrow.