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Notice given 16 June 2005

965  Senator Conroy: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—With reference to the Government’s plans to introduce a policy framework for the introduction of digital radio:

(1) (a) Will the Government’s framework: (i) provide equitable access to the digital radio VHF and L band spectrum; (ii) promote modern spectrally efficient audio encoding; (iii) ensure more program choice, and promote effective competition; (iv) ensure that all Australians, including those in rural and remote areas, have timely access to the benefits of high fidelity digital radio technology services; and (b) what safeguards will be incorporated in the new policy framework to achieve these objectives.

(2) Does the Minister agree that in planning for the introduction of digital radio, it is important that all Australians, including those in rural and remote areas, have timely access to the benefits of high quality digital radio technology.

(3) In developing the new policy framework for digital radio will the Minister ensure that both satellite and terrestrial digital radio delivery platforms will be available to all Australians.

(4) (a) Can the Minister confirm that the Government allowed the Australian digital radio satellite (DBStar) orbit reservation to lapse in 2004; and (b) if so, can the Minister explain why the Government failed to take steps to preserve the orbit reservation.

967  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) For each financial year since 1996, how much funding has been provided by the department to Tasmanian Electronic Commerce Centre Pty Ltd (TECC): (a) under what programs; and (b) for what purpose.

(2) When and in what manner was the Minister made aware that the Commissioner of Taxation had deemed TECC not to be a charitable institution.

(3) (a) What did the Commissioner of Taxation deem to be the total taxation liability of TECC to the Commonwealth; and (b) when and how was the Treasurer made aware of this.

(4) How much funding has been approved for payment to TECC by the department since the Commissioner of Taxation deemed TECC not to be a charitable institution.

(5) What provision has been made in the forward budget estimates to meet TECC taxation liabilities in the event that the Commissioner of Taxation’s determination of TECC as a non-charitable institution stood.

968  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) (a) When did the Commissioner of Taxation determine that Tasmanian Electronic Commerce Centre Pty Ltd (TECC) was not a charitable institution; and (b) when and how was the Treasurer made aware of this decision.

(2) (a) What did the Commissioner of Taxation deem to be the total taxation liability of TECC to the Commonwealth; and (b) when and how was the Treasurer made aware of this decision.

(3) What has been the total cost to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) of proceedings in this matter: (a) before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; and (b) before the Federal Court of Australia.

(4) What legal and court costs has the ATO been ordered to pay on behalf of TECC.