Turnbull breaks another promise

It was revealed today that Malcolm Turnbull has broken yet another promise on the NBN.

The terms of reference for the Vertigan report were released on the 12th of December.

The terms of reference say the report would be finished in six months – in other words by the 12th of June.

Today is the 22nd of July, more than six weeks after the report was due. The report has already been delayed once till the end of July. The Australian Financial Review has revealed today that the report will likely be delayed again at least until August.

This is another broken promise. It is all too typical for a Minister who over-promises and under-delivers.

He promised that by 2016, all Australians would have access to download speeds of 25 megabits per second – he broke that promise.

He promised that NBN Co would pass 450,000 brownfields premises with fibre by the 30th of June 2014 – he broke that promise.

He promised to have build contracts issued for 150,000 premises by February 2014 – he broke that promise.

He promised that the Telstra renegotiations would be complete “by the middle of the year” – he broke that promise.

He promised that NBN Co would be able to able to offer a Fibre-to-the-Basement product by October 2014 – he broke that promise.

He promised that trials of his second rate Fibre-to-the-Node product in Umina and Epping would commence by the 1st of May 2014 – he broke that promise.

Malcolm Turnbull needs to lift his game and build the NBN, not break it.

TUESDAY, 22 JULY 2014

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