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Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Questions without notice: Moreton Bay Rail Link

Mr HOWARTH (Petrie): My question is to the Minister for Urban Infrastructure . Will the minister please update the House on the progress of the Moreton Bay Rail Link and how the Turnbull government is delivering on this vital billion dollar infrastructure?

Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Questions without notice: Broadband

Mr COLEMAN (Banks): My question is to the Minister for Urban Infrastructure, representing the Minister for Communications. Will the minister update the House on the strong progress of the NBN rollout under the Turnbull government?

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 00:00

Questions without notice: Telecommunications

Mr O'DOWD (Flynn): My question is to the Minister for Urban Infrastructure . Much of rural Australia, including my electorate of Flynn, has suffered from poor mobile  phone coverage for many years. Can the minister update the House on the effects that the government's Mobile Black Spot Program is having in our rural communities? Thank you.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 16:57

Constituency statement - The Novus Foundation

I am very pleased to rise to speak about The Novus Foundation, which this weekend is hosting the Novus gala dinner to support many worthwhile causes in the electorate of Bradfield and causes supported by institutions based in the electorate of Bradfield. The Novus Foundation was formed in 2006. It is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, the McCarroll's automotive group and the San Foundation.

This is the best that Labor has got on budget day. Labor is so bereft of a plausible story to tell on economic management that on the day the Australian people turn their attention to the vital question of which party has the better economic plan for Australia the best that Labor can come up with as a topic for a matter of public importance debate is this tired old piece of wishful thinking from the member for Blaxland.

I am very pleased to rise to acknowledge the contribution made in my electorate of Bradfield by the many active Rotarians throughout the electorate. I want to emphasise in particular an event organised by St Ives Rotary, but let me first acknowledge all of the Rotary clubs in Bradfield and across Australia.

I am very pleased to rise to deliver these summing-up remarks in the second reading debate in relation to the Territories Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 and the Passenger Movement Charge Amendment (Norfolk Island) Bill 2016. Let me thank members who have participated in this debate.

I am pleased to deliver this summing up speech. I thank all members for their contribution to this debate. The Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Access Regime and NBN Companies) Bill 2015 sought to enhance the telecommunications access regime and nbn co's line of business restrictions.

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.

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