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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 159

Senator Minchin asked the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, upon notice, on 28 October 2008:

Given the Government has previously stated that it will spend up to $4.7 billion of taxpayers’ money on a National Broadband Network: Does this figure still represent the Government’s absolute maximum contribution.

Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

The Government has clearly stated in the Request for Proposals to roll-out and operate a National Broadband Network for Australia that it will make a funding contribution of up to $4.7 billion to establish the National Broadband Network.

The Request for Proposals is a live process. Proposals were received by midday 26 November 2008. There has been no change to Government policy in this regard.