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Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government and Assistant Cabinet Secretary) (10:08): There are a number of things that the shadow minister said which do require some response. I remind the House that when the previous Labor government left office, after six years in office, 4½ years after they had first announced the NBN mark 2, they had managed to build up the network to such a tiny extent that only just over 300,000 Australian premises were in a position to connect to the network, should they have chosen to exercise that desire. The number now stands at 1.775 million and is increasing at an extremely rapid rate. Not only is the total number of premises that can be connected increasing rapidly, we are also seeing the number of actual connections increasing rapidly. The weekly rate is now well above 14,000 per week compared to Labor's, frankly, pathetic performance of connecting just 51,000 premises in three years. In other words, in less than four weeks, at the current run rate under this government, the NBN is connecting more people and more premises than was achieved in three years under the previous government.

That this bill be now read a second time. The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016 will amend media control and ownership rules in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and establish new local television programming obligations for regional commercial broadcasters.

Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Minister for Major Projects,Territories and Local Government) (09:25):  I move that this bill be now read a second time.

The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016 will amend media control and ownership rules in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and establish new local television programming obligations for regional commercial broadcasters.

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 00:00

Constituency Statement - Killara Bowling Club

Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Minister for Major Projects,Territories and Local Government) (10:26):  I rise to speak about a fine organisation in my electorate, the Killara Bowling Club. The Killara Bowling Club was formed in 1916, and it was first bowling club on the North Shore.

Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Minister for Major Projects,Territories and Local Government) (12:59): I move: That the amendment be disagreed to.

The amendment made by the Senate proposes to insert a new section 98AA into the National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011.

I move: that this bill be now read a second time. Today I introduce into parliament two bills that will continue the Australian government's commitment to reforms for Norfolk Island.

Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects) (11:54): It falls to me to sum up debate on the Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015. The debate has been, I think, concise and effective.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 00:00

Matter of Public Importance - Broadband

Mr FLETCHER(Bradfield—Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects) (15:36): The shadow minister is in a more desperate position week by week, as the rollout inexorably continues and gathers pace.

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 01:00

Question Time - Telecommunications in Durack

Ms PRICE(Durack) (14:53): My question is to the Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects, representing the Minister for Communications. Minister, reliable communications are essential for the education, productivity and safety of rural and regional communities. Will the minister update the House on what the government is doing to improve telecommunications reception in my electorate of Durack?

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 00:00

Ministerial Statement - Road Pricing

by leave—Last week the government announced that it will accelerate work with states and territories on heavy vehicle road reform and investigate the benefits, costs and potential next steps of options to introduce cost-reflective road pricing for all vehicles. This formed part of the government's response to the Harper Competition Policy Review and particularly its recommendation 3, that:

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