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QUIGLEY AND CONROY AT ODDS OVER NBN PRICINGEmail this pageBack

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Thursday, 1 October 2009

QUIGLEY AND CONROY AT ODDS OVER NBN PRICING

The CEO of Labor’s National Broadband Network Company Mike Quigley today said wholesale pricing policy for the network has not been set, totally contradicting Communications Minister Stephen Conroy who has promised “one wholesale price averaged across the nation”.

Shadow Minister for Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Nick Minchin said Senator Conroy had been caught out misleading the people of rural and regional Australia.

During a recent visit to Tamworth Senator Conroy said: “We are saying up front this will be a cross-subsidy, one wholesale price averaged across the country.”

Mr Quigley told the NBN Senate Select Committee that the company would not be setting pricing policies based on the Minister’s “quotes”.

“This is deeply embarrassing for Senator Conroy, he has been caught out promising cross-subsidies, yet Mr Quigley made it perfectly clear that no final decision on pricing policy has been made,” Senator Minchin said.

In response to questioning about whether the NBN will be commercially viable Mr Quigley said: “You have to build a business case up, you have to build what the income statement would look like for that I think it’s frankly, until we go through that process we don’t know what the answer to the question you pose is.”

“Mr Quigley’s performance today highlighted just how underdeveloped Labor’s NBN proposal is and the high level of risk associated with it,” Senator Minchin said.

“Mr Quigley seems far from confident that this project will be commercially viable and admitted today he has an enormous amount of work to do before he will even know,” Senator Minchin said.

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