Mar 21, 2007

Questions without notice – Broadband (1)

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE – Broadband (1)

21 March 2007

Mr ALBANESE (2.28 p.m.)—My question is to the Prime Minister. Can the Prime Minister confirm that, three years after he announced the $50 million metropolitan broadband black spots program, only $200,000 has been spent on broadband but $1.3 million has been spent on the bureaucrats administering the program? Can the Prime Minister confirm that the remaining $48 million left in this program has now been rebadged as the government’s recently announced Broadband Guarantee? Prime Minister, what is the point of announcing all these programs if none of the money is actually spent?

Mr HOWARD—I cannot, without getting advice, answer that question. I will get advice and give the answer as soon as I can.