Good morning, early birds. Kevin Rudd has hit back at the government's blame-shifting for the NBN debacle, and Australian refugee lawyers fight to keep the Manus Island detention centre open. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.
The federal government remains committed to selling off the National Broadband Network (NBN) after 2020, despite concerns about its profitability and download speeds. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has responded to the growing concerns by dubbing the network "a calamitous train wreck of a project when we came into government", while Communications Minister Mitch Fifield insisted the network will still be sold once rollout is complete.
Turnbull yesterday drew rebukes from former prime minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, with the former accusing the PM of ditching Labor's original NBN plan in order to placate News Corp head Rupert Murdoch.