NBN raids: Conroy calls for end to ‘ludicrous’ AFP investigation

Seeks NBN chair’s scalp

NBN Co chairman Ziggy Switkowski.

NBN Co chairman Ziggy Switkowski.

Senator Stephen Conroy has formally requested that the Australian Federal Police drop an investigation into the leaking of NBN documents. The leaks resulted in a high-profile raid on the senator’s office.

Appearing yesterday on ABC Radio Conroy revealed that he had written to the Australian Federal Police on 1 July asking the AFP to end its “ludicrous” investigations into the leak of internal NBN documents.

The Labor senator said that NBN had incorrectly called in the AFP to investigate the leaks.

“I’m seeking and demanding an end to the investigation, an apology from [NBN chairman] Ziggy Switkowski, an apology from [communications minister] Mitch Fifield whose overseen this, and that Ziggy Switkowski resign over it,” Conroy said.

The AFP raided Conroy’s electorate office in May. The raid followed the leaking of a number of NBN documents that were circulated to journalists and used by Labor to attack the state of the National Broadband Network rollout.

A series of documents revealed details of the cost of copper remediation for fibre to the node, problems sourcing power for FTTN, and that some of the Optus HFC assets acquired by NBN were in poor shape.

The Coalition has claimed to have had no role in the investigation.

In the aftermath of the raids Switkowski penned an op-ed that defended NBN referring the leaks to the AFP. The NBN chairman’s decision to publish the opinion piece was attacked as a breach of the caretaker conventions that guide the conduct of the public sector once an election has been called.

Malcolm Turnbull has defended Switkowski’s decision, though the secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has said that it breached the caretaker guidelines.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags NetworkingNational Broadband Network (NBN)nbn conational broadband network

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Rohan Pearce

Rohan Pearce

Computerworld
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?