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Tuesday, 13 June 2006
Page: 244


Senator Conroy asked the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, upon notice, on 25 January 2006:

(1)   Can the Minister confirm that the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts commissioned a report by the Allen Consulting Group on the economic impact of the provisions of multi-channelling and other services in the digital terrestrial spectrum.

(2)   What was the cost of this consultancy.

(3)   Will the Minister table in the Senate a copy of the report by Allen Consulting; if not, can the Minister explain why it will not be disclosed.


Senator Coonan (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The cost of this consultancy was $160 000 including GST.

(3)   An executive summary of the report is provided as an attachment to the report of the review of the provision of services other than simulcasting by free-to-air broadcasters on digital spectrum. This report was tabled out of session on 23 March 2006. The full report from the Allen Consulting Group is available from the website of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.