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Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Page: 7111


Mr VAN MANEN (Forde) (17:04): I thank the minister for this opportunity. It is wonderful to hear him wax lyrical about everyone that is getting the NBN rollout in the next three years, but unfortunately Forde misses out.

Mr Husic: Oh!

Mr VAN MANEN: Given the concerns raised by constituents about services that Telstra is providing, the question then becomes: what pressure is being put on Telstra to mainstream and continue to upgrade its services so that our constituents can get good telephony and broadband services in the community until such time—

Mr Husic: All will be revealed.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms Grierson ): Order! Members should direct their remarks through the chair.

Mr VAN MANEN: They have been told by Telstra that they are not upgrading exchanges or doing any other works because the NBN is coming out at some point down the track. That is impacting the provision of services today. I have even got a letter here from a constituent about a complaint that he has been trying to get fixed with Telstra for 18 months, but he has not got anywhere with it. My question is: what is being done to ensure that services continue to be supported whilst we are waiting to roll out three years down the track? Further, I have had a representation from a local broadband business that has been shut out of the NBN work. They are quite capable of providing the work required for the NBN but they are being excluded from any work opportunities in the tender.