[LINK] The NBN project - business as usual?

Ivan Trundle ivan at itrundle.com
Wed Apr 8 12:28:31 AEST 2009

On 08/04/2009, at 11:38 AM, David Boxall wrote:

> On Wed, 08 Apr 2009 09:26:57 +1000 at 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.
> Projects fail, not only in the implementation, but also in the  
> follow-up.
> Have faith. Put aside all doubts. It's eight years hence. The NBN has
> been delivered as promised. Is that all there is?
> Business as usual would see the network left to deteriorate through  
> lack
> of maintenance. There should at least be commitments to continuing
> expansion, improvement and maintenance.

This is where I reckon Minchin (and Turnbull) took the wrong fork in  
the road: they could have embraced the project, and used their  
visionary expertise to suggest how the NBN could be expanded and  
properly maintained into the future. Instead, they have become a 'do  
nothing' opposition, with no vision for what Australia could be in the  

A golden opportunity presents itself to go one step further here, and  
no doubt the Opposition bean counters will find a way of doing it  
better, cheaper, faster.

<removing tongue from cheek>


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