NBN Co adds Labor, Telstra staffer

The NBN Co, the government-owned entity which will roll out the national broadband network, has appointed another former Labor staffer.

The NBN Co, the government-owned entity which will roll out the national broadband network, has appointed another former Labor staffer.

Matthew Lobb, a former senior policy advisor to Queensland-based Federal MP, Craig Emerson, has been hired by the NBN Co as a senior advisor. Lobb has also served as a policy advisor to state Labor MP, Carl Scully, NSW minister for Transport and Roads.

According to a statement by industry group, Communications Alliance, Lobb's telecommunications experience includes seven years with Telstra, most recently as a director of consumer and channels pricing.

Lobb joins other former Labor staffer from the Keating Government, Jody Fassina, a registered government lobbyist for Profile Trust in Tasmania, who was appointed as a director of the Tasmanian NBN Co, the NBN Co's subsidiary which is responsible for developing the state's fibre network.

Another former Labor staffer who was recently appointed is the NBN Co's external affairs manager, Mike Kaiser. He had served in the Queensland parliament until 2001 when he resigned after admitting during the Shepherdson inquiry to involvement in vote rigging in Labor Party ballots in the 1980s.