Senate passes Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill with strong bipartisan support
The Abbott Government’s Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 has today passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher MP said today.
“This is a very significant milestone in the Government’s work to make the internet safer for Australian children,” Mr Fletcher said.
Fibre to the Premises and High Speed Broadband Take Up: It turns out there is not much connection
A highly contentious issue in the Australian broadband debate has been the choice of technologies. The previous Labor government wanted to build fibre to the premises (FTTP) to every home in the fixed line footprint. Some advocates make the case for this approach with almost religious fervour.
By contrast the Abbott Government believes a more rational strategy is to use a mix of technologies including cable (the HFC networks originally built for pay television) and fibre to the node (FTTN). The NBN Strategic Review, conducted once the Coalition came to power in late 2013, identified a preferred scenario involving 44% FTTN, 30% HFC and 26% FTTP.
Speech to the Public Sector Software Quality Forum
I’m very pleased to join you at this Public Sector Software Quality Forum.
Today I want to speak to you about the Abbott Government’s vision for e-government.
Citizens have high expectations of government when it comes to the delivery of services online.
All too often though government today does not meet those expectations.
In the Coalition’s policy at the 2013 election, we set out how we aimed to change this – for example with a commitment to getting all major services and interactions with individuals online.
With the recent announcement that we are establishing a Digital Transformation Office, we are working to turn policy into action.
Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment Bill 2014
Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications) (10:23): I am pleased to rise to speak on the Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 7) Bill 2014, an important bill which will amend various taxation laws to implement a range of improvements to Australia's tax system. In the time that I have available to me this morning, I want to focus specifically on the amendments in this bill which give effect to the coalition's measure included in the 2014-15 budget to allow individuals the option of withdrawing superannuation contributions in excess of the non-concessional contributions cap made from 1 July 2013 and associated earnings, with these earnings to be taxed at the individual's marginal tax rate. I want to make three points in my contribution. Firstly, prior to the introduction of this bill, there has been a nasty problem in the tax system which has led some Australians to face marginal tax rates of up to 93 per cent; secondly, while the previous Labor government sought to address this problem, they did so in an inadequate way; and, thirdly, the Abbott government is acting to solve this problem.
Broadcasting and Other Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill
Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications) (12:43): I am pleased to rise to speak on the Broadcasting and Other Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill. This is an important bill that amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, the Radiocommunication Act 1992 and the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005. It will remove unnecessary legislative provisions and in turn reduce the regulatory burden on the broadcasting industry. Today, I want first of all to speak about why reducing the regulatory burden is important; secondly, to argue the amendments in this bill seek to get the balance right between the objective of regulation and the burden it imposes; and, thirdly, to describe specifically the way in which some of these amendments will reduce the regulatory burden.