‘If our company were required to divulge commercially sensitive information...the net effect would be to place an unfair and onerous burden upon NBN Co. This burden would translate into higher costs for the company’.. ‘‘The [identified] documents contain GSJBW’s proprietory information, which is subject to a confidentiality regime. In that regard, GSJBW provided strong objections to the release of these documents...GSJBW contend that it would not be possible to produce appropriate redactions, as all the information is intrinsic to the nature of GSJBW’s confidential and proprietary dealings with its clients. Any such release could damage GSJBW’s business, commercial and financial interests.’’
“Unlike Medibank Private and Australia Post, the NBN Co has no competition and so it should only very rarely use commercial confidence as a reason for shielding itself from FOI inquiries. It is also exempt from the Public Works Committee scrutinising its contracts and has continued to oppose the Joint NBN Committee’s attempts at oversight,’’ he said.