That's not quite what the minister appears to be claiming. He was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald on 28 March saying: "There has been still, as late as last week, letters passing backwards and forwards between the department and Opel."
O'Sullivan has proposed an independent assessment, saying "Optus has made an offer to the Government which I repeat publicly today: we are quite happy to have a respected independent expert audit Opel's coverage database and the Department's coverage database. We believe this would confirm that our claimed coverage accurately reflects the definitions in the Department's Guidelines issued in September 2006, and delivers within the agreed 90 percent tolerance levels upon the coverage we committed to provide in our winning bid. We call on the Government to take up this offer of independent expert advice and reconsider its decision."
Given that the current government, when in opposition, was very vocal in its criticism of the Opel contract, such an independent assessment would be warranted. Even if the government's decision is fair, it must be seen to be fair. But the government also seems to the claiming that it has created the conditions that have enable it to cancel the contract. CONTINUED