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Abbott causes NBN error for WA

Vast swathes of Western Australia will miss out on a world-class, fast broadband service under the Abbott Government, a senate inquiry will hear today.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said people across the state would be stranded on the obsolete copper telephone network under the current plan advanced by Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.

"Farmers, regional architects, designers and software developers in WA could have been conducting business with people across the world with fast broadband," he said.

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Rejecting government interference in ABC editorial decisions

NOTICE OF MOTION
Senator Ludlam

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that the Senate:

Notes:

1. The ABC is accountable to its Charter, its Board and the people of Australia;

2. Editors and journalists, not politicians, should make editorial decisions in a democracy that values a free press;

3. 80% of Australians surveyed believe the ABC is balanced and even-handed when reporting news and current affairs;

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Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 11/06/2013

To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy-With regard to the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Community Advisory Committee (CAC) established under section 50 of the SBS Act, which is to be appointed by, but independent of, the SBS Board:

(1) Who currently sits on the CAC.

(2) How is the CAC contactable:
(a) by email; and
(b) by post.

(3) Is the SBS Board able to appoint its own members to the CAC.

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Order for production of NBN Co Strategic Review

 

SENATOR LUDLAM

Order for production of documents

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that -

The Senate orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Communications no later than noon on Monday 9 December 2013 the Strategic Review of the rollout of the National Broadband Network conducted by NBN Co and due to be provided to the government on Monday 2 December 2013.

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