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Monday, 18 June 2018
Page: 3098


Senator URQUHART (TasmaniaOpposition Whip in the Senate) (16:31): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) in its response to question on notice no. 197 from the October 2017 supplementary estimates hearings, NBN Co provided breakdowns on number of premises expected to be ready for service in each state by 2020, broken down by technology type, as well as number of premises expected to be in design and construction in each state by 2020, broken down by technology type,

   (ii) the Senate asked for an update to this information as question on notice no. 145 at the February 2018 additional estimates,

   (iii) the NBN Co responded to question on notice no. 145 with only reference to its response to question on notice no. 197 from the October 2017 supplementary Budget estimates and to other public documents that do not contain the specific information sought,

   (iv) the Senate sought a clarification of NBN Co's response to question on notice no. 145 on 24 April 2018, and requested a response by 3 May 2018,

   (v) the NBN Co did not respond until 9 May 2018 and did not provide an update of the information as requested by the committee, and

   (vi) the Minister for Communications has not complied with the Senate's order for the production of documents, passed on 9 May 2018, that an updated response with information current to 13 March 2018 (the date of the original question on notice) be laid on the table by the Minister for Communications, by 9.30am 10 May 2018; and

(b) reiterates its position that an updated response with information current to 13 March 2018 be laid on the table by the Minister for Communications forthwith.