David O’Byrne may wish the caravan has moved on, but it hasn’t – and he has serious questions to answer about his failures to properly administer the NBN4Business funding. Today, David O’Byrne was unable to deny he and his department failed to conduct any risk assessment prior to splurging money on the Government’s NBN4Business program.
Last month David O’Byrne told parliament that stage one of the government’s NBN assistance package has been “fully and successfully delivered“.* Today we find out nothing could be further from the truth. The TCCI has done the right thing by handing back $130,000 of taxpayer funds provided for NBN4Business as a result of it voluntarily [...]
The O’Byrne NBN affair of 2012 has all the hallmarks of the Bartlett Education Foundation debacle of 2009. In each case $250,000 of taxpayers’ money was provided to the TCCI to be spent on specific projects, but in each case the government failed to properly manage and show due concern for the appropriate expenditure of [...]