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Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Page: 6482

Mr CIOBO (7:20 PM) —In the spirit of short and swift questions and answers, I have a question for the minister about the Small Business Online Initiative. The government announced in the budget a $10 million funding program, the Small Business Online Initiative, which it says will ‘equip small businesses to go online and improve their web facilities and engage in e-business capabilities enabling them to take full advantage of the National Broadband Network’. I note this is funded only in 2009-10 and 2010-11, with applications being sought this year. Minister, would you outline what advantage small businesses will be able to take of the National Broadband Network under this program when the National Broadband Network is not in place until 2018?