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Tuesday, 19 November 2002
Page: 6727

Senator ALSTON (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) (3:05 PM) —by leave—I also wish to add to an answer that I provided yesterday to Senator Ray, who asked about the cost of installing a microcell on the property of Dr Switkowski. My office has been informed by Telstra that the microcell was a hand-me-down from the infrastructure that Telstra provided for the Sydney Olympics. Hence, Telstra did not incur any additional capital costs. Telstra has informed my office that it cost between $5,000 and $7,000 to install this microcell, which has a range of about 200 metres and will also benefit other residents in this mobile phone black spot.

Senator Carr —We all want one!

Senator ALSTON —Your black spot is up here, son—that is the problem. Telstra has also informed my office that having the microcell on Dr Switkowski's property meant that Telstra did not have to pay the normal costs of leasing land to carry such infrastructure.