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Tuesday, 23 August 1994
Page: 138

(Question No. 1426)

Senator Coulter asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications and the Arts, upon notice, on 2 June 1994:

  (1) What is the basis and nature of Telecom's involvement in the consortium to build Sydney's M2 motorway.

  (2) What role did the Minister have, if any, in Telecom's decision to join the consortium.

Senator McMullan —The Minister for Communications and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) Telecom has advised that its involvement in the M2 Tollway Project is through its systems integration group, Applied Technologies which is a member of the consortium. Applied Technologies has developed a range of products and services associated with Intelligent Vehicle and Highway Systems (IVHS) which increases pedestrian and vehicle safety on major roadways. Neither Applied Technologies nor Telstra are investors in the consortium.

  Applied Technologies primary role is to provide advice on a commercial basis on the best technology available to ensure the smooth passage of traffic entering and leaving the Tollway and to design, procure and install this technology.

  Applied Technologies will also provide services to the Consortium on an arms length commercial basis.

  (2) The Minister had no role in the decision for Applied Technologies to join the Consortium. As with all such projects, the decision is a commercial one for Telstra.