Labor Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland and Shadow Finance Minister Jim Chalmers said in a joint statement the NBN Co had fallen well short of the targets it had outlined in its first corporate plan which was issued after the federal election in 2016.
In a statement issued shortly after NBN Co announced its results, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield and Finance Minister Matthias Cormann said they welcomed the figures which "confirms the company is exceeding its connection and financial targets".
[It was pointed out to Labor that the NBN Co had issued corporate plans in subsequent years as well, but a spokesperson said these were of no significance as the only thing they did was to lower targets in the hope of meeting them the next time around.]
For example, on the FY19 revenue, they said the post-election target had been $3.7 billion and what had been achieved for the half-year was only $1.3 billion, which pointed to a possible failure to meet the target (See table below).
The two Labor shadow ministers also pointed to targets outlined in the government's 2013 NBN election policy and said the Coalition had promised to spend $29.5 billion to get the network built but the current estimate was %50.9 billion, or $21.4 billion over budget.
On the timeframe. too, the government had failed, Rowland and Chalmers said, pointing to the expected date of completion: in 2013, the government said the rollout would be done and dusted by 2016 but now the end date was put at 2020 - four years behind schedule.
"It appears the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government is hoping no one notices their NBN 'targets' get changed every year because the previous 'targets' have been missed," the two Labor shadow ministers claimed.
"Not only is the claim by shareholder ministers that NBN Co continues to 'exceed targets' false, it [also] disrespects the intelligence of the Australian public.
"While the Liberals continue to spin, too many consumers are being let down with missed appointments, dodgy HFC installations, and limited speeds over their copper service."