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Tuesday, 16 August 2011
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(Question No. 392)

Mr Fletcher asked the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, in writing, on 26 May 2011:

Further to the Minister’s answer to question in writing No. 110 (House Hansard, 10 May 2011, page 47), was the Implementation Study a feasibility study.

Mr Albanese: The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

The purpose of the Implementation Study was to advise the government on how best to implement its stated policy objectives, not to evaluate those objectives, given that the policies had already been agreed by the government. The report focused on translating high-level policy objectives into tangible actions for both the government and NBN Co to implement.

Specifically, the Implementation Study did not:

evaluate the government’s policy objectives;

evaluate the decision to implement the NBN via the establishment of NBN Co;

undertake a cost-benefit analysis of the macro-economic and social benefits that would result from the implementation of a superfast broadband network.