[LINK] The NBN project - business as usual?

Bernard Robertson-Dunn brd at iimetro.com.au
Wed Apr 8 09:44:50 AEST 2009

Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> It is my contention that one of the most common reasons for a project 
> failure is that the initial expectations, set at the time of the 
> business case, are inaccurate, ill-defined or just pie in the sky.
> Regarding the NBN, as usual, the expectations regarding time (8 years) 
> and costs ($43b) have already been set. And, also as usual, the details 
> of what is to be built are vague.
If this report is anything to go by:
Secret team kept even ministers in the dark
April 8, 2009

THE Federal Government's gamble to terminate its broadband policy - its 
largest single election promise - and pursue a more ambitious $43 
billion scheme was conceived at a cabinet meeting on January 20.

Subsequently, after more than two months of confidential development 
work by a small band of ministers, the scheme received final cabinet 
approval at 7.45am yesterday.

The scheme was announced 45 minutes later.

The majority of the ministry was not the only element kept in the dark 
since January to prevent leaks. Despite the new scheme requiring up to 
$20 billion in private investment over the next eight years, there was 
no advance gauging of investor sentiment for fear it would tip off the 


The project so far seems to have been all about politics and finance - 
business as usual.


Bernard Robertson-Dunn
Canberra Australia
brd at iimetro.com.au

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