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Thursday, 27 May 1999
Page: 5640


Senator MARK BISHOP (8:05 PM) —I have a couple of questions for the minister arising out of the amendment moved by the Australian Democrats. I would indicate at the outset that the opposition will be opposing the Democrat amendment. Minister, the questions I have go to cost. We are talking about four per cent of Australia—predominantly rural and regional Australia, outlying areas—that will receive the new service. Can you give us any idea of what the figures are for the 50 per cent subsidy that you are offering? Who will it apply to? Will it apply to only consumers or will it apply to both consumers and business? What parts of Australia will it cover?