Shadow Minister for Innovation, Sophie Mirabella, has blasted her Labor Government counterpart, Minister Kim Carr, for an NBN press release typo that claimed a $1.6 billion deal was actually worth $1.6 million.
The statement in question was released by Minister Carr on behalf of Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy. It announced NBN Co’s awarding of three equipment contracts worth a combined total of $1.6b.
But unfortunately for Minister Carr, the media release had a one-letter typo that reduced the value to $1.6m.
“Carr’s innumeracy compounds his obvious inability as a senior minister. It is time Gillard had the guts to rid herself of this innumerate dinosaur,” she said. “Carr’s incompetence almost makes Stephen Conroy look competent.”
The correct figure was provided by four other organisations involved in the deal and a corrective media release was put out by the Minister’s office three hours after the initial mistake. Fortunately, at time of publication only one media organisation ran the incorrect figure in an article.