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Notice given 10 November 2003

2375  Senator Lundy: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—With reference to the Digital Data Service Special Rebate:

(1) (a) How many people have applied for the rebate; (b) how many applications have been; (i) successful, and (ii) unsuccessful.

(2) How much money has been allocated to this initiative, and of this money, how much has been spent.

(3) Can a table be provided showing the grounds commonly given for rejecting applications and how many times each has been given.

(4) On how many occasions did a rejection occur in an area which currently does not receive an Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) service but is deemed to be potentially capable of receiving this service.

(5) On what grounds would an area be deemed to be potentially capable of receiving an ISDN service, rather than not capable.

(6) On how many occasions has an application for the rebate been denied because an area which cannot currently receive ISDN is deemed to be potentially capable of receiving an ISDN service, rather than not capable.