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Monday, 25 May 2009
Page: 4253


Mr Ciobo asked the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, in writing, on 10 February 2009:

In respect of the Government’s funding of organisations and projects between 3 December 2007 and 20 January 2009:

(a)   which organisations and projects based in the Moncrieff electorate received funding from the Minister’s department

(b)   what sum of funding did each organization and project receive, and

(c)   for what purpose was each funding commitment made.


Mr Albanese (Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government) —The Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

(a)   Satpac Pty Ltd received funding through the Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme in the Moncrieff electorate between 3 December 2007 and 20 January 2009.

(b)   Satpac Pty Ltd received $10,400.

(c)   The Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme is an Australian Government initiative to help people living or working in the most remote parts of Australia purchase satellite mobile phones. The application by an individual must be approved before the phone is purchased and the dealer, of which Satpac Pty Ltd is one, deducts the subsidy from the retail price of the phone to consumers.