Liberal senator Ian Macdonald said NBN Co....had escaped scrutiny following "extraordinary exemptions from parliamentary regulatory oversight". He said the government had exempted NBN Co from scrutiny from the public works committee, limited the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) oversight and excluded it from freedom of information laws.
"An amendment passed by the Greens ensured the NBN is subject to the FOI Act with a targeted exemption to protect the confidentiality of its commercial activities. See revised Explanatory Memorandum, National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010 and Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures—Access Arrangements) Bill 2010, p. 15. House of Representatives Hansard, 1 March 2011, pp1915-1917."