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20 October 2010

40  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—In respect of the roll out of the Government’s National Broadband Network in Tasmania, and a statement on National Broadband Network Tasmania’s website that the: ‘port on the [Network Termination Unit] into which an end user plugs their equipment is a standard Ethernet 10/100Base T interface’: does this reflect the interface that is actually being provided; if so, how does this reconcile with the statements by this company and the Government that the network will provide speeds of up to one gigabyte per second, when the use of the interface described would limit speeds actually delivered into homes to no more than 100 megabytes per second.

MR FLETCHER: To ask the Ministers listed below (questions Nos. 41 - 42)—

(1) Is it a fact that in the 1980s and 1990s the government participated in and funded a scheme to identify and remediate houses in the ACT that contained friable asbestos; if so, (a) will the Minister provide information about the program, including the sum of money provided by the government and other parties, and (b) what government department(s) administered the program.

(2) Are there currently any Government programs which would provide support, assistance or funding to home owner occupiers in NSW whose properties are contaminated with friable asbestos; if so, will the Minister provide information about the programs; if no programs exist, does the Minister have any discretionary power to provide such support, assistance or funding; if so, will the Minister provide information about this discretionary power.

41  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government.