The $25 million McKinsey Implementation study into the National Broadband Network (NBN) will be released before May, according to Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy.
Speaking to the media earlier today, the Minister confirmed the study would be released before the May 11 Federal Budget. The decision was later confirmed by the Minister’s spokesperson.
The report has been the cause of divisions between the Australian Greens and the Labor party.
Greens Communications spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam, welcomed the confirmation that the study would be released but warned it would need time to analyse it before allowing the Telstra debate to move forward.
“If he wants to bring the Telstra debate back on the same day [as releasing the study], you’d hope that the rest of parliament would be given the opportunity to read the document rather than it being tabled five minutes before it resumes,” he said.
“Releasing it right before debate resumes would be a sign of bad faith.”
The decision to release the paper was only recently approved and comes after the Minister repeatedly defied Senate orders to produce the report.
“[The report] is hundreds and hundreds of pages long. It’s a very complex and important document and at the moment I’m in the process of briefing my cabinet colleagues on it,” he said in an appearance on the ABC’s Lateline program.
The release will pave the way for debate to resume on a range of telecommunications legislation after the Greens threatened to vote down Government bills unless the study was provided.