blog The claim by Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Labor’s National Broadband Network project will take 20 years and up to $100 billion has been pretty comprehensively debunked at this point, NBN Co’s latest rollout speed downgrades notwithstanding. However, the Earl of Wentworth continues to trot it out during his visits to small community meetings. At a meeting in Bendigo last night (read the full article the Bendigo Advertiser here):
Mr Turnbull said the government was making “very little progress” on installing the NBN in what he described as “a horrible hoax”. “There is no limit to what this will cost,” he said. “There is no cap on it which is a pretty wild thing to do. “These guys have no idea what they’re in for at all.”
Turnbull’s wild claims have gotten a shade more credibility following NBN Co’s ill-timed rollout downgrade last week, but the fact remains that the project is only three months behind schedule at this point; in addition, much of its construction contracts around the nation for the next half-decade are already locked in. Even if it has to take those contracts back in-house as it has done with Syntheo in the Northern Territory, it’s hard to imagine that the company’s network rollout will cost three times as much and take twice as long … especially when you consider that in-house labor is generally cheaper than outsourcing. Plus, there’s the fact that Turnbull hasn’t released any concrete evidence to back up his claims, or, indeed, a policy to stack up against Labor’s.
The Bendigo Advertiser has a lovely large photo of Turnbull in what appears to be an expensive, if fashionably tailored suit; but isn’t it true that the emperor still has no clothes?
Image credit: Office of Malcolm Turnbull