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Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Page: 4983


Mr JOHNSON (3:05 PM) —My question is to the Leader of the House and the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Could the minister update the people of Ryan, but especially the people of Bardon in the Ryan electorate, which postcodes are covered by the four land access and activity notices, or LANS, issued in 2009 for the installation of wireless facilities onto residential apartment buildings? Further, were any land access and activity notices issued prior to 2009 and, if so, in which Australian postcodes?


Mr ALBANESE (Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government) —I thank the independent member for Ryan for his question and indicate to him that this data is not held by the government; it is held by industry. The member should therefore seek the information from industry. The government does, however, appreciate that there is substantial community concern, and legitimate concern, around these issues. I know that the issue of Bardon has created some controversy, as has, indeed, one particular tower in my electorate. There is community concern. The government is conscious of that.

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, within the health portfolio, sets the mandatory limits on public exposure based on safe international best practice guidelines. I note that these arrangements were put in place by the previous government. Under these arrangements, carriers must issue notices responsibly, and there are rules on safety, consultation and compensation. We believe it is important to balance the community need for good communications infrastructure with community concerns on this issue.

Communities that believe a carrier has not complied with its obligations should contact either the carrier or the Australian Communications and Media Authority. The industry code is currently under review, and it is appropriate that the government consider the findings of this review. But I will convey the member’s question directly to the minister for communications and suggest that, if he has anything directly to add, he convey that directly to the member.