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Thursday, 9 February 2012
Page: 705


(Question No. 731)

Mr Fletcher asked the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, in writing, on 17 November 2011:

Further to the Minister's answer to question in writing No. 587 (Hansard, 3 November 2011, page 109), based on what specific program objectives did the Minister conclude that each of the 18 programs failed.

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

Reports such as the 'Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Communications Outlook 2007' indicated that Australia continued to fall behind other OECD nations on broadband take-up, quality and price during the Coalition's 11 and a half years in government.