The NBN asbestos meltdown blown out of proportion

The asbestos blame game has diverted attention from the growing realisation that there is a solution to the NBN Co's rollout blues - Telstra. In fact, giving Telstra a bigger piece of the network build work could be the sweetener that helps Turnbull get his hands on the copper.

The rollout of the NBN so far has been an object lesson in how not to run an infrastructure project, big or small. But the histrionics around asbestos and the attempt to somehow level all culpability at the feet of NBN Co beggars belief.

NBN Co may have ticked a lot of wrong boxes but it’s hard to imagine that the asbestos in Telstra’s underground pits would have been treated as an afterthought. 

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