Thursday, 24 March 2011
National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010; Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures — Access Arrangements) Bill 2011
I feel as though Senator Birmingham started off very much on topic on this amendment, and we were speaking to an opposition proposal to prevent the kind of scope creep that has been discussed in this public debate for a good long period of time. Since then, we have just drifted completely off topic. This is really more or less nothing at all to do with the amendment that is before the chair.
I just indicate very briefly, for reasons I sketched out right at the opening of this debate, that we do not believe there is some vast conspiracy to turn the NBN into some Soviet-style retailer and completely move outside the mandate.