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Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Page: 183

Dawson Electorate: Digital Switchover Household Assistance Scheme

(Question No. 640)

Mr Christensen asked the Assistant Treasurer, in writing, on 11 October 2011:

In respect of the digital set-top box program announced in the 2011-12 Budget, in the electoral division of Dawson, (a) how many pensioner households have received their free digital set-top box, and (b) what sum has been expended under the program (i) in total, and (ii) by postcode.

Mr Shorten: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) Based on information provided by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE), as at 9 November 2011, the Digital Switchover Household Assistance Scheme (HAS) has provided 1,378 installations to households in Dawson under the measure announced in the 2009-10 Budget to provide assistance to households in regional Queensland to switch to digital television. Installations are expected to continue in 2012 as eligible households are able to opt-in to the HAS until 6 January 2012.

(b) Based on information provided by DBCDE, total expenses under the HAS will not be known until conclusion of the installation process, which is expected to be in early 2012.