Ms HENDERSON (Corangamite) (14:52): My question is to the Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects, representing the Minister for Communications. In Apollo Bay and Skenes Creek in the Corangamite Electorate there is a big problem with free-to-air television reception after the move to digital.
Mr HOGAN (Page): My question is to Mr Fletcher, the Minister representing the Minister for Communications. My question comes from a constituent who submitted it via my Facebook page after I asked the community what they wanted me to ask in question time.
Mr COLEMAN (Banks): My question is to the Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects. Will the minister please provide the House with an update on the impact on Banks residents of the M5 East duplication and the upgrade of the Beverley Hills M5 interchange? How will the Banks electorate, especially residents from Riverwood, Peakhurst, Lugano, Padstow, Mortdale and Narwee benefit from these changes?
Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects) (17:40): I am very pleased to rise to speak on the topic of Joe Hockey the former member for North Sydney. It does seem very difficult, almost unreal, not to be able to refer to Joe as the Member for North Sydney but, of course, he has now officially resigned from the parliament after a distinguished parliamentary career of nearly 20 years.
Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects) (09:38): On Saturday, 7 November at 7 pm and on Tuesday, 10 November at 1.30 pm, two important events will occur at the Ku-ring-gai Town Hall in Pymble.
Ms KING (Ballarat) (14:48): My question is to the Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects. Why has the government paid $56 million to the Northern Territory CLP government to dig a hole in Palmerston, part fill it with concrete, hold a media event and then immediately fill the hole again? I will show him, just in case he is not sure what we are actually talking about, with this big hole.
Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects) (15:25): The relevant movie, I would suggest, is not Back to the Future but Groundhog Day, because we seem to consistently have the shadow minister having the chutzpah to stand up here on this issue despite being from the party which produced a car crash when it came to the NBN. He is like the man at the car crash who is berating the emergency services when they turn up to fix his car for not fixing it quickly enough. Let's be clear: the reason that the NBN presented a policy challenge to an incoming Abbott and now Turnbull government is that we inherited one of the most disastrous pieces of public policy execution in the history of the Commonwealth.
Mr FLETCHER: I thank the member for Lindsay for that very important question. She is a great champion for her electorate and a great champion for Western Sydney. She was pleased, as indeed were all members of the government, that yesterday the government released the environmental impact statement for Western Sydney airport, together with the draft airport plan.
Mr EWEN JONES (Herbert—Government Whip) (15:03): My question is to the Minister for Major Projects. Will the minister outline what the trend is in infrastructure spending and what it has been over the years, and are there any alternative views?
Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects) (15:03): I thank the member for Herbert for that question.