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Local community groups in Bradfield will be able to apply for grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to fund small capital projects under the Federal Government's Stronger Communities Programme.

New legislation to enhance online safety for children takes effect from 1 July 2015, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher said today.

The Abbott Government will commit $60 million for Round 2 of the successful Mobile Black Spot Programme, with funding available over a two year period from 1 July 2016. 

The Abbott Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme will deliver almost 500 new or upgraded mobile base stations around Australia – 429 Telstra base stations and 70 Vodafone base stations.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well ladies and gentlemen thank you very much, I'm here with the Parliamentary Secretary for Communications Paul Fletcher to make a really exciting announcement that is going to be so important for regional Australia.

One of the hottest areas for new tech businesses at the moment is fintech — using technology to ­deliver financial services in different and disruptive ways to meet the needs of customers better.

Schools are hiring private investigators to hunt down cyber bullies who torment classmates online, driving some to the brink of suicide.

Taxpayers will spend $50 million to referee children’s cyber-bullying disputes over the next four years, triggering a government plea for parents to control their kids’ internet use.

In his budget reply speech recently Bill Shorten announced his plan for a $500 million Smart Investment Fund – citing the spectacular growth of Seek.com, which he said drew on Australian government investment.

ELEANOR HALL: Now to the frustration in rural areas around the country over the Federal Government's national broadband network. The NBN Co is rationing download allowances under its satellite plan to ensure that no-one misses out.

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