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Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Page: 12662

Australia Network

(Question No. 536)

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

Has the Minister, any staff of the Minister's office and/or the Minister's department received correspondence from, or had a discussion with, any of the interested parties involved in the tender process for the Australia Network contract since the Government's decision to seek further information from them; if so, (a) on what date, (b) what parties were involved, and (c) can the Minister indicate the nature of the correspondence and/or discussion.

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

I have not spoken to any bidder on bid issues since being appointed Approver by Cabinet.