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Notice given 29 May 2002

350  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) What is the length of telephone cabling in rural and remote areas that is currently supported by fence posts, hay sheds, trees and objects other than poles.

(2) Can the data be provided on a state-by-state basis.

(3) What length of new wiring was rolled out: (a) in the 2000-01 financial year; and (b) so far in the 2001-02 financial year, supported by fence posts etc.

(4) What length of such wiring supported as in (1) was replaced with pole-supported cable, underground cable or satellite in: (a) the 2000-01 financial year; and (b) so far in the 2001-02 financial year (please detail areas in which this took place).

(5) What program is in place for such replacement.

(6) What are Telstra’s priority areas for the 2002-03 financial year.

(7) What is the budget for this program in the 2002-03 financial year.

(8) What would be the total cost of ensuring that all telephone cabling is supported by poles or other appropriate means.

(9) How many telephone faults attended in: (a) the 2000-01 financial year; and (b) so far in the 2001-02 financial year, were due to damage done to cabling supported as in (1).

(10) What is the cost of repairing those faults.