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S E N A T O R T H E H O N R I C H A R D A L S T O N

M inister fo r Communications, Information Technology a n d the Arts

Deputy Leader o f the Government in the Senate

ONLINE AUSTRALIA DAY A GREAT SUCCESS

"Online Australia Day last Friday was a fantastic success, with many tens of thousands of Australians participating both on and offline," the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, said today.

"Australians from all walks of life, all ages and m all parts of the nation - and the Antarctic - took part, and the Day attracted significant overseas interest. ’

Onlme Australia Day activities included: • more than one million hits on the Online Australia Site www.onlineaustralia.net.au • more than 100,000 user sessions, including corporate users and proxies • 183,000 page impressions • 80% of traffic from domestic users, 20% of traffic from overseas • the front page with news stories from Online Australia Day attracted 30% of traffic • the pavilions attracted 40% of traffic • the Family Web site attracted 5% of traffic • 3,421 visits to the ABC’s virtual radio station sites • 344,000 hits to the ABC Online Australia Day site • 1586 people participated m the ABC chat forums • 560 people participated in the ninemsn chat rooms

’This high level of enthusiasm and participation bodes well for Online Australia Year m 1999, and confirms Australia’s place as one of the world’s leading users of the internet. The ABS has found that more than 1.2 million Australian households had internet access at home in August this year - a 46% increase smce February,’ Senator Alston said.

’Nearly 4.2 million adults, or 32% of the total adult population, accessed the Internet in the 12 months to August, and mcreasmg numbers are using the internet for electromc commerce. Internet Names Australia yesterday announced that Australia’s .au country code domain was the third largest domain space in the world, while the commercial com.au space is the world’s sixth largest commercial domain space.

"The challenge for Government is to ensure that this growth continues. Through the $250 million Networking the Nation program and other initiatives, the Government is ensuring that Australians living in regional, rural and remote areas, and the less advantaged, also benefit from the information explosion.

’Through Online Australia Day last Friday, and Online Australia Day next year, the Government intends to introduce many more Australians to the benefits and opportunities available online. ’

Media Contact: Terry O ’Connor, Minister’s office 02 6277 7480 Website www.richardalston.dcita.gov.au 212/98 4 December 1998