The 30 minute audio Podcast "Telecommunications in Australia", by Keri Phillips, ABC Radio National "Rear Vision" program, is available.
This puts the National Broadband Network a historical context: "Everything to do with communications in Australia has always been highly political; the National Broadband Network provides the latest evidence. Rear Vision looks at the story of communication in Australia and compares the evolution of the internet here with the rest of the world."
Speakers include: Professor Jock Given, Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University; Paul Budde, BuddeComm, Dr Catherine Middleton, Ryerson University (Toronto).
Catherine Middleton, is an Australian researching the NBN in comparison with Canadian and European networking initiatives (I handed her a medal for her work, some years ago).
ps: Keri Phillips did a weekly 10 minute talk "IT issues" with me on ABC Radio, Canberra, August 2001 to July 2002, before she moved to Radio National.