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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Senate orders Turnbull to release NBN business case

The Australian Senate today passed a motion ordering Malcolm Turnbull to release the full business case for his second rate NBN.

This document should be released so the Australian people can see how much Malcolm Turnbull’s second rate NBN will cost and when it will be finished.

In Opposition and in the early stages of Government, Malcolm Turnbull liked to talk about how transparent NBN Co would be under his watch. He has said:

"Maximum transparency is going to be given to this project."

Malcolm Turnbull MP, House of Representatives Hansard (11 February 2014)

"But our commitment is, our focus is, to have a much greater level of transparency and openness."

Malcolm Turnbull MP, Press Conference (24 September 2013)

"The bottom line is that as far as the NBN project is concerned, the government's commitment is to be completely transparent."

Malcolm Turnbull MP, House of Representatives Hansard (11 February 2014)

"The main promise, the most important thing we said about the NBN was that we would tell the truth, and we would liberate the management of NBN Co to tell that truth."

Malcolm Turnbull MP, SkyNews Australian Agenda (15 December 2013)

"You will be aware that Government policy provides for increased security and transparency of NBN Co and its activities."

Malcolm Turnbull MP & Senator Mathias Cormann, Interim Statement of Expectations to NBN Co (24 September 2013)

"The Government requires a high degree of transparency from NBN Co in its communication with the public and Parliament."

Malcolm Turnbull MP & Senator Mathias Cormann, Statement of Expectations to NBN Co (8 April 2014)

The reality is very different.

NBN Co under Malcolm Turnbull is as secretive as Area 51.

It has been more than 18 months since NBN Co have released a headline forecast about how much his second rate NBN will cost and how long it will take to build.

Malcolm Turnbull has failed to live up to his own hype.

The Senate today ordered Malcolm Turnbull to release the NBN business case and the unredacted version of the Strategic Review.

The Senate order stipulates that these documents should be released by 3:30pm on Thursday.

The clock is ticking Malcolm.

WEDNESDAY, 17 JUNE 2015

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