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Turnbull to release NBN review Thursday Featured

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Nearly two weeks after receiving it, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull will release a censored (‘redacted’) version of the NBN Strategic Review tomorrow (Thursday)

In a dramatic twist, the document will be released to selected journalists in a lockup similar to that used on budget day, giving them access to the documents under embargo two hours before they are publicly released, at around 1pm.

Turnbull has long called for greater transparency around NBN information, and has accused the former Government of not releasing all NBN documents. The ALP has accused Turnbull of sitting on the document too long and of tailoring it to suit the Government’s agenda.

Meanwhile the Labor dominated Senate Committee on the NBN called NBN executives back before it to appear today, a move Malcolm Turnbull described as ‘disruptive’.

NBN Co heavies COO Greg Adcock, head of strategy and transformation JB Rousselot, CFO Robin Payne and CTO chief Gary McLaren, were all asked to attend today’s sitting of the Committee. They refused the invitation and were subsequently ordered to appear.

Adcock and Payne previously appeared before the Senate Estimates Committee hearing last month. That is an entirely different committee, comprising members of all parties. The Coalition was invited to join the Senate NBN Committee, but declined – which hasn’t stopped it accusing the Committee of bias.

“Senator Conroy's demand that the executive team attend [the Committee] is designed to do nothing other than disrupt the completion of the Strategic Review which, as he knows, will be finally approved by the Board of NBN Co on Thursday morning,” Turnbull told Fairfax Media.


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