Independent Senator, Nick Xenophon, has praised the Government for releasing the NBN Co business case summary and said it wouldn’t have happened without the Prime Minister’ s intervention.
According to Senator Xenophon, he had not had problems when dealing with Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, and Finance Minister, Senator Penny Wong. But he added it took Gillard’s personal touch to get across the line.
“I don’t think we would’ve gotten to this stage without the PM’s intervention,” he said. “I just think the Prime Minister managed to cut through on this and we had a breakthrough.”
Xenophon’s comments come after a dramatic turnaround by the Government on the issue of the publicly releasing NBN Co’s business case. The Government had previously said it would not release any such documentation until after Parliament ended for 2010.
Conroy’s long-standing opinion was to never release the business case, but this changed after significant opposition from the Independent MPs, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor.