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8 Februar y 2011

* 172  MR BALDWIN: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—

(1) What number of premises in Australia will be connected to the National Broadband Network.

(2) Of these premises, how many wi ll be connected to (a) fibre-based, (b) wireless, and (c) satellite, services.

(3) Of those premises that will be connected to fibre-based services: (a) by State and Territory, what number will be located in (i) major cities, (ii) inner regional Australia, (iii) outer regional Australia, (iv) remote Australia, and (v) very remote Australia; and (b) on what date will the final connection be made.

(4) Of those premises that will be connected to wireless services: (a) by State and Territory, what number will be located in (i) major cities, (ii) inner regional Australia, (iii) outer regional Australia, (iv) remote Australia, and (v) very remote Australia; and (b) on what date will the final connection be made.

(5) Of those premises that will be connected to satellite services: (a) by State and Territory, what number will be located in (i) major cities, (ii) inner regional Australia, (iii) outer regional Australia, (iv) remote Australia, and (v) very remote Australia; and (b) on what date will the final connection be made.

* 173  MR OAKESHOTT: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Similar to residents in the Mildura/Sunraysia region in Victoria, will residents in remote areas of Mid-North Coast NSW be able to access digital television via Viewer Access Satellite Television while they await the digital switchover due to commence in two years; if not, why not.

* 174  MR ROBERT: To ask the Minister for Defence—How do tiers 1, 2 and 3 of the body armour system used by the British forces in Afghanistan compare with the body armour currently used by Australia’s deployed forces.

* 175  MR OAKESHOTT: To ask the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency—

(1) Can he confirm that at the Kyoto climate change conference on 11 December 1997, and with the full support of the Federal Cabinet and Coalition parties, the (then) Prime Minister and Minister for the Environment negotiated and formed ‘The Australian Clause’ of the Kyoto Protocol (Article 3.7), allowing Annex I parties to include greenhouse gas emissions from land use change in 1990-base year calculations.

(2) Can he confirm the accuracy of Mr Clive Hamilton’s statement in his speech The Political Economy of Climate Change (The Milthorpe Lecture, Macquarie University, Sydney, 8 June 2006): ‘The Government knew that land clearing had declined sharply since the accepted base year of 1990, so even before the ink was dry, Australia’s emissions had fallen by 5 to 10 percent…’.

(3) Is it a fact that after the Kyoto climate change conference the (then) Government paid the Queensland and NSW governments in excess of $100 million to introduce more restrictive native vegetation laws which limited property rights on approximately 100 million hectares of privately owned farming land; if so, is it a fact that to date no monetary compensation has been made to these land owners; if so, what responsibility does the Government take for the diminished income of affected landholders.

(4) Is it a fact that since the Kyoto cli mate change conference, Article 3.7 has resulted in a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 87.5 million tonnes between 1990 and 2003; if so, does Government data support that this has enabled Australia to make significant gains towards meeting its Kyoto Protocol target of limiting greenhouse gas emissions to 108 per cent of 1990 emissions.

(5) Can he confirm that the United Nations Association of Australia commented on Australia’s commitments under the Kyoto Protocol in 2007 by saying: ‘the real challenge of reducing GHG emissions is from electricity generation and transport which have yet to be addressed.’; if so, is it an accurate statement.

* 176  MR SECKER: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—Will the Government provide funding to the Keith Hospital in Barker to prevent its expected closure; if so, what sum, and by when; if not, why not.

 

 
 
 

B. C. WRIGHT

Clerk of the House of Representatives