Turnbull defends call for NBN Co board to resign

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COMMUNICATIONS Minister Malcolm Turnbull has defended his move calling for the resignation of the NBN Co board, saying all members were "very capable".

Mr Turnbull spoke to reporters in Sydney on Tuesday, defending his role in the resignations of all but one board member on Monday.

He also indicated Ziggy Switkowski would take the reins at NBN Co, but he was still wrestling with other "executive appointments".

Mr Turnbull also announced details of a "strategic review" of the NBN roll-out and NBN Co finances, which will lead to new decisions over Australian broadband network.

He said the review would be independent, and confirmed the rollout of current broadband infrastructure will continue in the interim.

While his statements quelled doubts over the immediate future of the national Broadband Network, he has opened the door to major cost cutting at the company through the review.

"What we want from NBN Co is nothing more than the plain, unvarnished facts," he said.

"It's always nice to get good news, but I'm interested in the real news."

He said the government remained "open-minded" towards changes to the network roll-out plans, indicating he wanted to get the best value for money from the huge project.

While Mr Turnbull conceded he would be held responsible for problems at NBN Co, he emphasised any future decision would be that of the whole Cabinet, not just the Minister.

Topics:  malcolm turnbull nbn co

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