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27    Communications— National Broadband Network

Senator O’Neill, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 622—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       the Prime Minister is responsible for the decision to abandon optical fibre and instead deploy a second-rate National Broadband Network (NBN),

                                    (ii)       NBN Co abandoned use of the Optus Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) infrastructure because it was deemed not fit for purpose,

                                  (iii)       NBN Co has announced that the company will immediately halt the HFC rollout because the technology is delivering poor service quality,

                                  (iv)       NBN Co has indicated that up to 2 million homes could have their NBN connection delayed by 6 to 9 months because of the mismanagement of the HFC rollout, and

                                   (v)       it is nearly 2018 and the NBN still does not work properly; and

               (b)       calls on the Minister for Communications to:

                                     (i)       stop attacking the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and instead focus on making the NBN work, and

                                    (ii)       apologise to the 48,000 households and small businesses in the electorate of Bennelong who are currently scheduled to be served by the unreliable HFC network.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath) and Senator O’Neill, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 29

Senators—

Bartlett

Gallacher

McCarthy

Rhiannon

Bilyk

Griff

McKim

Rice

Cameron

Hanson-Young

Moore

Siewert

Carr

Ketter

O’Neill

Steele-John

Chisholm

Kitching

Patrick

Sterle

Di Natale

Lines

Polley

Urquhart*

Dodson

McAllister

Pratt

Whish-Wilson

Farrell

 

 

 

NOES, 25

Senators—

Anning

Duniam

Hume

Paterson

Birmingham

Fawcett

Leyonhjelm

Payne

Brockman

Fierravanti-Wells

Macdonald

Reynolds

Burston

Fifield

McGrath

Ryan

Bushby*

Georgiou

McKenzie

Scullion

Canavan

Hinch

O’Sullivan

Smith

Cash

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.