The NBN Is Down To Its Final Year Of Public Funding

The government-owned company responsible for building the National Broadband Network receives its final piece of the initial allocation of its $29.5 billion in public funding in this year's Budget, but any further cost over-runs might require more money from the taxpayer purse if private investment cannot be found.

The final $8.8 billion in public funding, Business Insider reports, which is delivered by this year's Budget, is the last piece in the nearly $30 billion committed since the rearrangement of the NBN into its current multi-technology mix design.

If any further technology changes — such as a move to the fibre to the distribution point model suggested by both Liberal and Labor parties as a potential election sweetener — are forced upon the NBN company by government, it will likely mean a cost over-run and the need to acquire additional funding.

That funding would ideally be provided by private investment in the NBN, as the government has previously suggested as its long term intention for the network, but if a suitable partner is not found it is likely the government of the day will have to allocate more money from its own pockets, which may be drawn away from other taxpayer-funded public works projects.

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The Australian Government Just Announced A $1.1 Billion National Innovation and Science Agenda

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Budget 2016: CSIRO Will Explore Bitcoin's Blockchain Technology

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$195 Million Budgeted For Australia's Cyber Security Strategy

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The Office Of The Australian Information Commissioner Has Been Saved By The 2016 Budget

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$171 Million To Save The Great Barrier Reef In Today's Budget

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Here's The Full 2016 Budget Speech For Australia

The 2016-2017 Australian Government Budget was handed down tonight, revealing details and funding for the Innovation and Science Agenda, CSIRO research into Bitcoin's Blockchain technology, the Cyber Security Strategy, initiatives to help save the Great Barrier Reef and hi-tech job creation in the defence industry.

Here's every word of Scott Morrison's speech.

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