Originally posted by Wajoma
You realise when Turnbull says 'this government' he's not talking about the guvamint that started the project. And when he says "we can complete this project as we promised' he's not talking about the original promise, right?
Change of administration in charge of government is not directly relevant to this discussion. Government remains the project owner. The new administration obviously has a vested interest in making the previous administration look bad of course. All problems are their fault, all solutions are our clever work. But that is just politics - let's be less naive about it.
Well, essentially it comes down to significant increases in the cost of construction. I think it was very much underestimated just how much, how difficult it was going to be to mobilise enough construction workers to get this rollout happening.
Of course, we had the asbestos issues where the network rollout had to be stopped while Telstra investigated issues with asbestos in its pits. Earlier this year NBN Co had to take over the rollout from its contractor in the Northern Territory because things were so bad. And so that's the main reason the costs have blown out
This is not some stupid agency blowing money without care. It is a complex project hitting problems in the real world.
A project starts out with assumptions. Turns out they require review and change over time. Big deal. So then the task of the project owner is to review the objectives and make decisions about carrying on or not, and changing the goalposts or not. That is what happens in any rationally managed project.
I'll take you back to April when the Coalition first released its broadband policy. It stipulated that the vast majority of homes in Australia would have access to 25 megabits per second speed and that's a minimum by 2016.
Now it's basically, this reviews found that the Coalition's plan won't even come close to that. Only 43 per cent of homes will have access to that 25 megabit per second in 2016.
However, the Coalition also promised that a vast majority of Australians would have access to even faster speeds than that by 2019, so three years later, the vast majority of Australians having a 50 megabit per second speed and it's found that more than 91 per cent of homes will have access to that.
Here again, while a target of faster speeds by 2016 has not been met for the reasons stated, in the following three years a much more ambitious target will actually be met for 91% of homes, so there is a mix of news here, some of it seemingly good news.
Fact is that the cost over-runs in the early stages can be accommodated within the total budget by altering the specification for the way work will proceed from here. In the end, Australians will have the benefit of greatly enhanced speeds. That sounds more like a potential success for the project and not like a total failure, in the way you are apparently arguing.
You suffer two handicaps. One is the idiotic belief that complex projects can be expected to run like trains on a track without hitting challenges and requiring changes over the life of the project. Problems are normal in every project and certainly in every IT related project.
Your second handicap seems to be poor comprehension of what is indeed a complex piece of writing. Too difficult for a fifth grade reader I fear.