In an article by Stuart Kennedy of the Australian, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has indicated he will not shift the July 25 closing date for proposals, despite strong protests from bidders in the federal Government's national broadband project over a too tight deadline.

Respective chiefs of Optus and AAPT, Paul O'Sullivan and Paul Broad, have both objected strongly to the tight deadline requesting 5-6 months extensions, but it seems Senator Conroy will not be budging on the date or offering extensions.

"We are comfortable," Senator Conroy said of the deadline date. "We accept it's a tight time frame."

Senator Conroy said he was not concerned about receiving just one proposal, from Telstra, which has not objected to the tight deadline, because of other potential bidders being turned off by time constraints.


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