Labor and the Greens have backtracked on a promise to boost performance management in the NBN rollout, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying the Coalition would “never” privatise the network.
Key points:Labor’s Paul Fletcher said the Coalition “won’t privatise” the NBN despite Labor’s support for itSource: ABC News (AAP)Mr Fletcher said it was “disastrous” that the NBN Co was operating “at the current level” of service in the state and “is failing to meet the expectations of Australians”.
He said the government’s performance management program had “failed in the past”.
“The Coalition has won’t privatize it,” he said.
“The Government of Australia will never privatize the NBN.”
“We will never, ever privatise it.
The Government of the Commonwealth will never.”
The Prime Minister said the Labor Party would be working with Labor and Greens to improve the NBN’s performance metrics.
“We’ve made a commitment to deliver the NBN to our people, and we will,” he told reporters in Canberra.
“That’s our job.
It’s not up to the Federal Government.”
Mr Fletcher also said the Government would work with the Federal Labor Government to “reduce the time spent on performance management”.
“It will mean an end to the practice of ‘wait and see’ and instead delivering a fast, reliable and secure NBN,” he added.
“This will help us deliver more Australians to work on the NBN, more jobs to create and more investment in our future infrastructure.”
Mr Abbott has also said Labor’s opposition to privatising the NBN was based on its view that “the Federal Government can’t be trusted to ensure that its infrastructure is delivered in a timely and cost-effective manner”.
The NBN Co is the main federal Government telecommunications network that delivers broadband to homes and businesses across the country.
The Coalition was elected in 2010 on a policy of national broadband, which was designed to give the nation access to the fastest broadband in the world.
The Government says it has built and is delivering the nation’s most advanced network in 10 years.
The NBN is also the biggest government infrastructure project in the country and includes the National Broadband Network (NBN), a national fibre-to-the-node network that links Australia’s fibre optic infrastructure to the rest of the world and delivers faster speeds to businesses and homes.
The rollout is expected to be completed by the end of the decade.