blog For those who’ve been watching the developing situation between Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the board of NBN Co, particularly its chair, Siobhan McKenna (pictured above), there are two major new pieces of content this morning which you may be interested in. Firstly, my extended opinion/analysis of the situation has been posted on Delimiter 2.0 (paywalled). A sample paragraph from within the paywall:
“It’s very difficult to say, legally, whether the position of NBN Co’s board is tenable or not … However, what is clear is that NBN Co’s board, in retaining a political lobbying firm and communicating directly with the Opposition of the day, has definitely at least breached government conventions in this area.”
Secondly, the ABC’s excellent Lateline program went into the issue substantially. I was invited on to comment but was too busy getting material ready for you folks to read this morning. Plus, I’ve always hated journalists interviewing other journalists ;) The piece itself only went into the issue at a fairly shallow depth, as television tends to do. However, Lateline’s pièce de résistance was an extended interview with Turnbull on the issue, hosted by Tony Jones, who pushed Turnbull quite hard. I have to say this was fascinating watching. Turnbull was very, very careful with his words; I suspect the Liberal MP knows, as I wrote in my Delimiter 2.0 piece, how far over the line both sides have gone here. It will be interesting to see if they back off in coming weeks.
Image credit: NBN Co