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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness 

The mess that Malcolm left behind

 The true extent of the mess Malcolm Turnbull has left behind with his second rate NBN became clear for all to see during Senate Estimates last night.

The following exchange occurred between Senator Conroy and NBN Co Chief Executive Officer, Mr Bill Morrow:

 “Senator Conroy:  So, summarising:

    • The ink is still drying on the [NBN FTTx construction] contracts;
    • All the FTTN you’ve switched on to date has been built by Telstra, who are taking no further part in the construction; 
    • You still don’t know the state of the copper network; 
    • Your knowledge of the HFC network assets is limited;
    • You’ve identified skills shortages;
    • You’ve not signed any HFC construction contracts;
    • You don’t have a single paying HFC customer;
    • You only have a handful of paying FTTN customers; 
    • The HFC product set hasn’t been released;
    • The IT systems are not complete; and
    • You believe that you can connect half of the country to the NBN in two years—but that fortunately is after the next election?

[NBN CO CEO] Mr Bill Morrow: All of that is correct.”

 Environment & Communications Senate Estimates, 20 October 2015

WEDNESDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2015

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