Senate debates

Thursday, 24 March 2011

National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010; Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures — Access Arrangements) Bill 2011

In Committee

6:23 pm

Photo of Simon BirminghamSimon Birmingham (SA, Liberal Party, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray Darling Basin) Share this | Hansard source

I am sure you have. He went on:

To be frank these new amendments have thrown us a curve ball.

So we know that Optus is very concerned about the amendments that have been presented. In fact, Mr O’Sullivan goes on and says of the government’s amendments and approach in this legislation:

It’s hard to screw up the NBN. Getting the competition settings wrong is a good way to screw it up …

That is what he seems to think of your approach to date in regard to where you have taken this debate. He thinks you are screwing it up. Those are the words that Mr O’Sullivan has chosen to use.

In regard to this debate, you continue to come back to this perverse notion that somehow you can define a wholesale service on the basis of what it is they are selling, not the activity they are undertaking. That is not anybody’s understanding of a wholesale service except yours and the proposal you are putting forward.

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