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Should the NBN be Sold? And if the NBN is sold what Next for the consumer?


Unless a Royal Commission is likely to produce useful outcomes, there is no point. What benefit could a Royal Commission into the NBN deliver, except perhaps some heads on platters? Even that seems highly unlikely to me - those who benefited from the downgrading of the NBN are not silly enough to sully their hands directly.

As for a Royal Commission into Privatisation, that makes a lot more sense. It should be asked to look at the long term costs and (cough) benefits of the sale or outsourcing of public goods and services, as well as how these decisions have been made and whether taxpayers have received value for money. It might also consider the operations of the ‘Productivity’ Commission, and tying of Commonwealth payments to state/territory asset divestments.

Maybe a Royal Commission into Smaller Government could also be formed, looking again at long term costs and (cough) benefits to the taxpayer. A Royal Commission into the Regionalisation of the Commonwealth Government, looking in particular to the move of the APVMA into its minister’s electorate?

The current government was keen to institute inquiries into behaviour of unions on construction sites, but ignored the behaviour of builders and approvers - that’s worth looking into.

The real question with all of these potential royal commissions is whether any government has the will to dig into the sins of the past - which include their own.


It appears we may all now have the answer to that question?

Given both my future NBN options have zero reliance for speed of the NBN on any in house wiring, it seems a rather hollow offer?

There are obviously few votes for labour in the regional areas, where the Fixed Wireless and Satellite customers of the NBN are mostly concentrated. Apologies to those unlucky near city customers who have been backfilled with wireless or worse!


Looks like the Greens are closer to what Australia needs than either of the majors.
The party is committed to keeping the NBN as a public asset.
Given the lead-times though, perhaps they should be planning for a 22nd century network.


Interesting commentary that the ALP is also committed to selling the NBN?

Politics aside the options of upgrading FTTN at least on a trial basis are in the previously linked ALP policy release.

I wonder how many Australians would prefer irrespective of the makeup of the next Federal Government an independent and thorough review of the state of the NBN before it is sold?

And if we would all demand the opportunity to vote on that decision with full knowledge of the legacy?

Sale of the NBN is already buried in the policy of the departing Government. It is also written into the NBN’s future deliverables?

It also appears likely that the sale will exclude all opportunity for average Australians to purchase a share of the NBN. Although most lemons tend to leave a sour taste in the mouth. Telstra T2 anyone?


It looks to me like too much of NBN connectivity has already been left to the private sector. The problems seem to stem from trying to shoehorn competition in where it doesn’t work.