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Questions unanswered


Nos 3-4, 12, 14, 16-535.


8 November 2016

  *536    Mr Katter : To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Communications—

(1)         Can the Minister provide assurance that there will be funding for a round 3 of the Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP).

(2)         Will his department address criticisms raised by the Australian National Audit Office about the MBSP, including inadequate (a) coverage, and (b) infrastructure (ie, base stations, towers, backhaul operations and optic cable infrastructure), in rural and remote regions, especially in Far North Queensland.

(3)         What is the Minister doing to encourage service providers for rural and remote areas to better utilise Government funding so that locations such as the Adels Grove Camping Ground (within the Boodjamulla/Lawn Hill National Park in the electoral division of Kennedy), attracting 30,000 to 40,000 tourists, campers and grey nomads each dry season, in addition to the 5,000 to 10,000 that visit the Boodjamulla/Lawn Hill National Park, Riversleigh district and the Gregory area, have adequate mobile phone coverage.

(4)         Given Telstra could re-utilise the nearby closed Century Mine’s existing tower, Repeater Towers and backhaul/optic cable infrastructure, can the Minister indicate whether the Adels Grove Tourist Park will be included in round 2 of the MBSP that is being announced by the end of 2016.

  *537    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources—In respect of the impending relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to Armidale in the electoral division of New England, (a) how many staff members has the APVMA lost since October 2014 when he first announced it would be relocated, (b) how did he calculate the cost of $24.1 million for the relocation, (c) has he revised this cost; if so, what is the revised sum, and (d) will he commit to releasing the cost-benefit analysis of the relocation, once Cabinet has completed its deliberations.






                                                                                   David Elder

                                                                                            Clerk of the House of Representatives