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Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Page: 12662

Australia Network

(Question No. 538)

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 or any staff of the Minister's office received a briefing, written or verbal, from the Minister's department, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and/or consultants expressing concerns about the change to the request for tender for the Australia Network contract and/or associated documentation; if so, (a) on what date, and (b) can the Minister indicate the nature of the concerns.

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.