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Notice given 11 January 2010

Senator Abetz: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2576-2577)—With reference to the answer to question no. F45 from the Budget Estimates hearing of the Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee held in May 2009 given by the Department of Finance and Deregulation regarding 1300 numbers and the statement that, ‘[t]he Department is examining the issues raised by Senator Abetz and will provide the Special Minister of State with further advice in relation to this matter’:

(1) Has the advice been provided to the Special Minister of State; if so, (a) when was that advice received by the Special Minister of State; (b) can a copy of the advice be provided; and (c) has any action been taken on the advice.

(2) Will the Commonwealth Government allow 1300 numbers to be accessed from a mobile phone, as in the example of the State Government in Tasmania that already provides this service.

(3) Can a list be provided of the states and territories that have access to 1300 numbers from mobile phones; and in each case is the cost borne by the Commonwealth Government or the state/territory government.


 (4) (a) Is the Government considering that the 1300 number lines that are provided to senators and members will be enabled to allow mobile phone calls at reduced rates; (b) has the Minister received any other calls for this service to be enabled; and (c) what action has the Minister taken.

2576 Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation

2577 Special Minister of State