blog With the release of NBN Co’s Strategic Review yesterday, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull didn’t precisely cover himself in glory. The document outed the fact — a mere three months after the Election — that the Coalition won’t be able to meet its 2016 NBN delivery promises. But worse; it also recommended a delivery model which will see little to no upgrade to up to a third of the population stuck in HFC cable network areas. The recommendations of the review aren’t yet formal Government policy; but Turnbull has given the public no reason to expect they won’t be. In a new, 4,000 word article for Delimiter 2.0 (subscription required), I comprehensively track Turnbull’s first, critical 100 days in office in detail to see what he has achieved. A sample paragraph:
“It’s hard to imagine how things could have gone worse for Malcolm Turnbull in his first three months as Communications Minister. With the public rapidly turning on the Earl of Wentworth over his horribly unpopular new NBN policy, a growing perception that he’s stacking NBN Co with partisan staff and a lack of transparency verging on the hypocritical, it’s hard to find positives for the Earl of Wentworth from his initial period in office. Turnbull is truly fumbling the catch on both political and functional levels.”
This article predominantly looks back at Turnbull’s first 100 days, with a view to an earlier Delimiter 2.0 article listing the steps he would need to take in office. As I wrote back in August:
“It’s a common aphorism in political circles that the first 100 days of any government’s time in power are the most important. In that period, much foundational work is done that will underpin the next several years of delivery. Key planks of new policy are officially set in place and ministerial orders issued to departments, agencies and government-owned businesses. Important appointments are made, both to the offices of new Ministers, as well as public sector organisations. Previous government policy initiatives may be wound down or cut off before they begin, and staff members seen as being partial to the previous administration may be reassigned to less important roles or, occasionally, simply walked. New names are chiseled on the doors of offices. It’s a busy time.
And it’s important for new reigning parties — particularly those politicians taking on Ministerial responsibility — to get this time right.”
I think it’s safe to say at this point that Turnbull has not gotten his first 100 days in power right; in fact, he’s gotten them disastrously wrong, making little or even backwards progress on a range of fronts. It will be interesting to see if he can rectify his political and functioning mistakes in the next 100 days. Personally, as I wrote yesterday, I have no faith that he will.
Image credit: Office of Malcolm Turnbull