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Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Page: 8056

Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

(Question No. 958)


Senator Johnston asked the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, upon notice, on 17 August 2011:

Did the Minister or any of his ministerial staff receive a briefing, written or verbal, from his department, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or a member of the selection panel regarding any of the information provided by tenderers in their tender submissions in relation to the Australia Network tender; if so, when and what was the nature of the information provided.


Senator Conroy: The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

I was involved in the Cabinet discussions on the additional criterion added to the Request for Tender. Consideration is a matter of Cabinet confidentiality. I received the Tender Evaluation Board (TEB) report on 31 August 2011. Actions taken are confidential to the tender process until announced.