Percy Allan, President of the Australian Institute of Public Administration and former boss of the NSW Treasury under NSW Premiers Neville Wran, Nick Greiner and John Fahey has today claimed the NBN was ill thought through.
He told Fairfax Newspapers: ''That choice might be to spend $36 billion ripping out copper wire and disconnecting Foxtel cables and starting afresh, which is the proposition we are facing. But had they examined the need, examined options and consulted they might have discovered cheaper ways to fill the need''
He also said ''If a lower than expected proportion of people end up subscribing to it because they don't want to pay Rolls-Royce prices for a Rolls-Royce service, this thing is going to be a financial disaster - watch public opinion then''
What a shame Labor ignores true experts and takes selective advice.
Better broadband infrastructure is needed, but this way seems rushed and far too expensive.
Note: Earlier, I had mentioned an NBN employee and linked them to this article. I accept that person had no connection to this issue. I apologise to the person concerned.