Can Turnbull avoid a NBN timetable mishap?

If the 2016 timetable is unachievable, then the Coalition would be well served to own up to it. Moving the goalposts later will only prove to be counterproductive.

The NBN strategic review, to be delivered this week, will be the first tangible point of reference from where the Coalition’s NBN aspirations will take shape. And the lead up to this point has been made particularly thorny, by a ferociously partisan Senate Select Committee and a leaked document that casts doubts on the financial viability of a Fibre to the Node (FTTN) heavy NBN and its delivery timetable.

The draft document, revealed by Fairfax Media, reinforces the long-running rumblings of the Coalition’s detractors that Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s 2016 deadline was ambitious from the outset.

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