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
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