Updated: Conroy fires back at Turnbull’s NBN bill

Updated: Conroy fires back at Turnbull’s NBN bill

Conroy claims the $25 million McKinsey study was enough public financial analysis

Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has fired back at the Coalition’s plan to introduce a Bill that would force more reviews onto the National Broadband Network.

Turnbull’s proposal would see a cost-benefit analysis into the Government’s NBN, a publicly released 10-year business plan and a Joint Standing Committee made up of politicians from both houses of Parliament to monitor the NBN’s rollout.

Conroy shot back within an hour of Turnbull’s statement and said the Coalition was only interested in delaying the NBN rather than delivering real reforms. He claimed the $25 million McKinsey implementation study provided enough financial analysis.

“If the Federal Liberals and Nationals were serious about ensuring Australians had access to world class telecommunications infrastructure they would support the NBN rollout,” he said.

But Turnbull said said his new Bill would see no delays on the NBN.

"There's absolutely no delay in the rollout of the NBN," he said in a statement. "It's designed for transparency and oversight."

The Australian Greens' communications spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam, said he would take the Coalition's proposal to his party room for further consideration.

"[The Greens] will consider whether this is a serious bid for relevance and transparency, or another in a long line of Coalition delaying tactics designed to destroy the network,” he said in a statement.

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