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Bill Shorten needs to pull Stephen Conroy into line

All of the claims made today by Stephen Conroy regarding the nbn are wrong.

The rollout of the National Broadband Network is on track and on budget – as published last week in nbn’s annual results.

The nbn has met every rollout and financial target for nine consecutive quarters. nbn is now available to three million premises with more than 1.2 million customers now connected, including 90,000 in just the past month.

The nbn is now available to a quarter of the nation. This will rise to 50 per cent by the middle of next year, with the project complete by 2020 – at least two years earlier than the plan Labor took to this year’s election.

The Coalition’s record contrasts with Labor’s, where nbn missed all of its construction targets and contractors had downed tools in four states.

Labor continues to question the integrity of the Australian Federal Police. The AFP act independently of government.

The facts are that nbn believed that commercially sensitive material was being stolen from the organisation and they referred the matter to the AFP in December last year. What the AFP investigates is a matter for the AFP.

Far from fully co-operating with police, Labor has been a blocker.

Labor needs to explain to the public its full involvement in these affairs – something it has failed to do to date.

Bill Shorten needs to pull Stephen Conroy into line.

Media contact: Mark Briers | 0428 965 189 | Mark.Briers [at] communications.gov.au