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Monday, 18 June 2018
Page: 3098


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (16:31): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Marshall ): Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The coalition government has put the rollout of Australia's largest and most complex infrastructure project back on track with the introduction of the multitechnology mix. By September 2013, only 51,000 fixed and wireless premises were connected to the NBN under Labor. The rollout is now around 60 per cent complete and, under the coalition government, total connections are poised to reach four million. As a government business enterprise, NBN Co has responsibility for determining the most cost-effective technology selection and rollout timing so as to minimise peak funding, optimise economic returns and deliver affordable broadband for Australians. With this flexibility, NBN Co continually updates its build program and makes technology deployment decisions on an area-by-area basis. The mix of technologies being deployed is updated each year in the company's corporate plan.

Question agreed to.