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Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Page: 6622

Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

(Question No. 1027)

Senator Abetz asked the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, upon notice, on 29 August 2011:

With reference to the answer to question no. 321 taken on notice during the 2011-12 Budget estimates hearings of the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee in May 2011, does the term 'security checks' mean 'appropriate security clearances'.

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

The requirements for the appointment of directors to the NBN Co board are as set out by the Corporations Act (2001); Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act (1997); Governance Arrangements for Commonwealth Government Business Enterprises (June 1997); Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet guidelines for significant government appointments; and the NBN Co Company Constitution. NBN Co Board members are subject to a range of security checks appropriate for a non-executive director appointment. This does not require the obtaining of a security clearance that Australian Government employees are required to obtain.