This is special, found at Andrew Bolt. Government spending is always related to some social good which often seems to make it beyond criticism, and certainly there are vast numbers who will not listen. But the NBN is almost unto itself in its vast oceans of waste. Here is the Minister for Communications discussing said NBN with Tony Jones.
MALCOLM TURNBULL: No. Look, this – the NBN is not a commercial project. It is the most – the single most expensive, irrational project of the Labor government. It should never have been undertaken in the way it is. It is completely non-commercial.
TONY JONES: “So let’s keep it going,” says Malcolm Turnbull.
MALCOLM TURNBULL: No, no – well the problem that we’ve got – the problem that we’ve got is is that if we were to pull the pin on it completely, we would lose at least – we’d write off at least $15 billion, probably more and have nothing to show for it. So, Labor has left us with a shocking mess. The best thing we can do is to complete the project as quickly and cost effectively as possible.
TONY JONES: Alright. If you can …
MALCOLM TURNBULL: And that’s the – and that is the – you know, now, can I just say this to you?: the way Labor went about the NBN was unique in the world. No other country did anything as mad as this. And …
TONY JONES: Yes, but we have heard this argument before (inaudible) …
MALCOLM TURNBULL: Yeah, but you don’t care about it because it’s the taxpayers’ money. – that’s the thing.
TONY JONES: That’s not at all true.
Ah, Tony, I’m afraid that it is entirely true and it takes a special ability to be unable to see this expenditure for what it is.