Is the Coalition getting desperate to find ways to attack the NBN? The latest assaults from its chief protagonists Malcolm Turnbull and Paul Fletcher certainly suggest this to be the case.
A war of words has broken out between former Optus executive turned Liberal MP Paul Fletcher and NBN Co over the average salaries paid to NBN Co staff. Mr Fletcher has described NBN Co as a "Millionaires Factory" with staff getting paid an average of more than $220,000 during 2010/2011. NBN Co claims Mr Fletcher has got his sums wrong and in effect ignored certain facts.
Liberal MP and National Broadband Network critic Paul Fletcher has been accused of publishing incorrect and dramatically inflated average salary figures for the staff of NBN Co, the company responsible for administering the NBN. However, Mr Fletcher has contacted iTWire and stands by his findings.
Paul Fletcher, the Federal Opposition's NBN head kicker in residence is at it again, this time lambasting NBN Co, the company administering the National Broadband Network, for paying its employees the sort of excessive salaries enjoyed by staff at top investment banks.
NBN Co is taking a big risk building the National Broadband Network without knowing how much it will be allowed to charge users by the ACCC, according to one of the Federal Opposition's leading NBN head kickers.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has rejected as "spurious" accusations that the just-announced NBN Company 12-month construction plan was an exercise in political pork barrelling.
A submission to the ACCC from NBN Co seeks to increase prices for high end broadband services by inflation plus 5% over the next 30 years, which will result in massive charges without a competing service in coming years, according to former Optus senior executive turned Liberal MP Paul Fletcher.
The Coalition has dismissed a House committee report on the NBN as "a highly political exercise, designed to generate a feel-good report offering support for the rollout of the NBN," that fails to demonstrate demand for NBN bandwidths.
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