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Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Page: 12660

Australia Network

(Question No. 531)

Ms Julie Bishop asked the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, in writing, on 18 August 2011:

Did the Minister or staff of the Minister's office receive a briefing, written or verbal, from the Minister's department, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or a member of the selection panel regarding any of the information provided by tenderers for the Australia Network contract in their tender submissions; if so, (a) on what date, and (b) can he indicate the nature of the information provided.

Mr Albanese: The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

I was involved in the Cabinet discussions on the additional criterion added to the Request for Tender. Consideration is a matter of Cabinet confidentiality. I received the Tender Evaluation Board (TEB) report on 31 August 2011. Actions taken are confidential to the tender process until announced.