Minchin wins NBN report victory

Minchin wins NBN report victory

Summary: The Federal Senate has passed a motion which forces the Rudd Government to release the National Broadband Network reports from the ACCC and the expert panel: but only after the winning bidder has been selected.

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The Federal Senate has passed a motion which forces the Rudd Government to release the National Broadband Network reports from the ACCC and the expert panel: but only after the winning bidder has been selected.

Shadow Communications Minister Nick Minchin had wanted a motion to be passed which would have forced the report to be released today.

However, a compromise was made, changing the release date to "the day after the winning bid is announced", in order for the motion to be passed.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has not wanted to release the ACCC and expert panel's report until the bidder was chosen, due to probity concerns.

Minchin believed the report needed to be released to keep the process transparent, and maintained that the advice should be publicly released before a successful tenderer is chosen.

"This is about ensuring the Rudd Government is accountable and the Australian public are properly informed about a project which puts at risk $4.7 billion of taxpayers' money," he said.

"Public scrutiny of this crucial advice to government will enable a proper assessment of whether Labor is acting truly in the national interest and not purely in its short-term political interest."

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Government, Government AU

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  • I don't get it

    So when the report is released and it doesn't smell right, would the winning bidder still win?

    Win for Minchin, lose for the rest of us perhaps?
    anonymous
  • what about now?

    You answered your own question. If it doesn't smell right, it is rotten, so...
    anonymous
  • I don't get the headline

    If Conroy has already agreed to release the report after the announcement of the winning bid, how is the senate decision a victory for Minchin who wanted the report released immediately????
    anonymous
  • Tender Processes

    THE government must not only submit to probity, it must be seen to be observing Probity, this is a legal function in government.

    I have been in the same position my self, and had to remind a Minister of the coalition of the functions of probity

    He was a member of a firm which was tendering on an item.

    the folowing furore was only stopped when the Auditor General, at the time told him to lay off, after a number of threats about my job were made, and referred upstairs.
    anonymous