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Monday, 28 February 2011
Page: 1822


Mr Fletcher asked the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, in writing, on 16 November 2010:

‘In respect of the announcement by NBN Co on 12 August 2010 that it would increase the speed offered by its network to 1 Gbps: (a) what are the details of all conversations held between the Minister and his office, and/or the Prime Minister and her office, and NBN Co, before the announcement was made (ie, times, dates, participants, content of discussions); (b) did the Government suggest that NBN Co make this announcement; if so, when, by whom and to whom; (c) was the Government informed in advance of the announcement; if so, when and how; and (d) did the Government provide input to NBN Co regarding the date of the announcement; if so, what input was provided and by whom’.


Mr Albanese (Minister for Infrastructure and Transport) —The Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

(a)   The Minister was advised by NBN Co Limited (NBN Co) CEO, Mr Mike Quigley, by telephone on the evening of 11 August 2010 that NBN Co could increase the speed offered over the National Broadband Network to 1 gigabyte per second and that Mr Quigley intended to announce this in his address to the Australian Information Industry Association on 12 August 2010, as is the CEO usual practice to update the industry;

(b)   No;

(c)   See answer (a);

(d)   No.