The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has confirmed NBN Co’s business plan will not be released until after Parliament has finished for 2010.
The move is likely to cause trouble for the Government with the Greens and the independent MPs, who have called for the business plan to be released by the end of next week.
According to Gillard, the Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, will release sections of the business case to the public in December, which is during the summer break. She made the comments during an event to launch the MySchool website.
"The Minister's been very clear and that will be in December," she said.
The Prime Minister’s stance is in line with Conroy's comments last week in Sydney. When asked by journalists if he’d release the business case before parliament ended for the year, he said it was a 400-page document that needed time to digest.
“I’d like to brief my Cabinet on it before I release it wider,” he said. “I’m confident when people see the information released it will absolutely vindicate and validate the McKinsey findings that it is affordable, viable and that taxpayers will get a return on their money.”