Conroy doesn't have NBN study yet

Conroy doesn't have NBN study yet

Summary: Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has not yet received the National Broadband Network implementation study being put together by consulting firms McKinsey and KPMG.

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Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has not yet received the National Broadband Network implementation study being put together by consulting firms McKinsey and KPMG.

A spokesperson for the minister's office today confirmed the report had not yet been handed in, noting it was due "this month". The original tender documents calling for a lead advisor to put the study together for the government stated it would be due February this year.

According to those documents, the implementation study would determine the operating arrangements for the NBN Company, as well as detailing network design and financial details — for example, attracting private sector investment.

However, since NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley came on board last year, the company has already taken action on a number of fronts which the tender documents mentioned would be covered by the implementation study — such as key decisions on network design. The NBN Co has also kick-started various procurement processes associated with the NBN build-out.

Asked earlier this month at a conference whether he had seen the implementation study, Quigley said McKinsey didn't work for the NBN Company, it worked for the government — represented by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. The department issued the initial tender for the lead advisor role in April 2009.

"The report goes to the government," he said. "The government may choose to share that report with us. It's not my call about whether we end up seeing an implementation report."

However, the NBN Co had been engaged with McKinsey and KPMG in what Quigley said were "some very detailed discussions about how things should be done".

Overall, the government had allocated $53.2 million in last year's budget on the report. Conroy has already come under pressure from the opposition to release it for public scrutiny, but has not committed to doing so.

Topics: Broadband, Government AU, NBN

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  • Non-story

    1st paragraph: Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has not yet received the National Broadband Network implementation study being put together by consulting firms McKinsey and KPMG.

    Let me repeat that in plain english (my changes in CAPS):

    THE Minister has not yet received the National Broadband Network implementation study WHICH IS STILL being put together by consulting firms McKinsey and KPMG.

    The report is due this month. The month ends on Sunday. This is a non story. On Monday, this story could be re-released, but should be titled "Consultants fail to deliver report on time". Until that happens, it is a non story.
    anonymous
  • Failure and Accountability?

    Conroy is on the verge of missing yet another deadline... It's almost not news worthy because he's expected to fail these days...

    What happened to accountability?
    anonymous
  • Tangled web indeed.

    Yesterday I had a very sobering experience.

    While watching question time in the Senate I observed Senator Conroy getting fed answers from his back room boys via his laptop computer. Can not the Senator, who runs the $43 billion dollar NBN Co, muster the intelligence to answer questions from memory?

    With no costing and no information concerning return on investment, with no idea on likely customer numbers this NBN exercise could be a disaster and see the Rudd Government as a single term Party. The blackmail of an Australian company by an Australian Government alone should seal their fate.
    anonymous
  • NBN fairytale

    Another day in the life of the NBN fairytale. Further proof that this will go from never ending debate & report studys to faded non-existance!
    anonymous
  • NBN a fairytale, but not funny

    What a joke this Conroy is. Lord above knows what would have happened if he'd been overseeing the insulation roll-out. Probably singing "What will I do while our Beds are Burning" !!!
    anonymous
  • Coincidence?

    I'm sure it's just a coincidence that there's an advert at the bottom of this page for ASIO surveillance officer jobs.
    anonymous
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