'Stop politics, fix NBN chaos'

TASMANIA'S peak information technology body says it is "unsurprised" by an audit of the National Broadband Network that found its rollout was "rushed, chaotic and inadequate".

TasICT chief executive Dean Winter said federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull didn't need a report to find out the NBN was "a shambles" and "well and truly behind".

"Now's the time to stop playing politics with it and Malcolm Turnbull should come to Tasmania and outline a plan to actually fix it rather than continuing to point out all the mistakes made in the past," Mr Winter said.

"He might not have created this mess, but it's his to fix," he said.

Mr Winter said the network had passed 6000 homes this year, which was 18,000 behind schedule.

The independent audit, conducted by a former Productivity Commissioner head Bill Scales, looked at the federal Labor government's start-up of the project and found it was an "impossible assignment".

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, speaking from Hobart, said the NBN was "massive undertaking" but wouldn't take the blame.

"The Liberal government is determined to trash anything built up by previous governments," Mr Shorten said.

"They'll do anything to discredit it," he said.

"There's no question in my mind we need the NBN to be rolled out; Labor got that process started," he said.


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