South Australia Independent, Nick Xenophon, has vowed to vote against a National Broadband Network (NBN) legislation introduced into parliament last week.
The Federal Government brought forward NBN Access Arrangements Bill which would “establish the governance, ownership and operating arrangements for NBN Co [and] rules for supplying NBN Co’s wholesale-only telecommunication services", according to Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy.
The Bill will be voted on when parliament resumes next year.
Xenophon feared the Bill would allow NBN Co to favour particular telco providers when it comes to pricing.
“Right now there is scope within legislation that could see larger telcos being granted cheaper access than smaller players and that is simply not acceptable,” he said The Australian.
Shadow Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, shared the same sentiment.
The telco reforms bill which facilitates the separation of Telstra’s retail and wholesale arms was possible largely due to the support of Xenophon. The Federal Government touted it as a “historic win for families and businesses”.