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The Abbott Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme today reached a key milestone: the start of the formal competitive selection process to determine the location of new mobile phone base stations in regional and remote Australia.

“This is about delivering on the Coalition’s election commitment to boost mobile coverage in regional and remote Australia,” said Paul Fletcher MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications.

With the programme guidelines now issued, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and other bidding parties can start to prepare their proposals, which must be lodged by March 2015.

We are living through an age of unprecedented technological change, and this has profound implications for communications policy in Australia.

To start with, I will review some indicators that we are undergoing unprecedented change; next I will point out how this is challenging many of the assumptions which have underpinned communications policy in Australia; and thirdly I will suggest some principles of policy making to deal with such change.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

Interview with Neil Mitchell on 3AW Melbourne

NEIL MITCHELL:

Today I mentioned I found a pile of offensive Facebook pages, one targeting the police in a very nasty way, advocating assaults on women – there are all sorts of nasty anti-Islamic stuff out there. One of the areas that worries me about cyberspace is the unaccountability of the organisations, like Facebook, that allow this stuff. And then there’s bullying, cyber bullying. We’ve seen that leading to suicides. Are your kids victims of cyber bullying, internet bullying, Facebook bullying; are you, for that matter? I reckon we get an email a day with complaints about a Facebook page. Anti-trolling legislation will be introduced into the parliament today which at last will make someone accountable for what is happening here. We’ll get some advice on it later from our psychologist, Michael Carr-Gregg, but on the line, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher. Good morning.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00

The Examiner: An interview with Paul Fletcher

 This article appeared in The Examiner on November 24, 2014: http://www.kgex.com.au/an-interview-with-paul-fletcher/ 

Paul Fletcher is the Federal Member for Bradfield and Parliamentary Secretary to The Minister for Communications. He holds a BA, LLB and an MBA from Columbia University. Paul is a tireless traveller and frequent user of Twitter. We managed to grab the chance to have a one-on-one interview with Mr Fletcher in his electorate offices in Lindfield.

Thank you for your time Mr Fletcher. You cover the dual roles of member for Bradfield and Parliamentary Secretary to The Minister for Communications. Can we start by briefly explaining what your Secretarial role entails?

Last year one in five young Australians aged eight to 17 faced cyberbullying, according to recent research led by the University of New South Wale's Social Policy Research Centre.

Nearly three quarters of Australian schools reported incidents of cyberbullying.

None of this is news to the many Australian families that have been touched by cyberbullying.

They already know what the research confirmed: cyberbullying can be very serious and its consequences can be more far-reaching than bullying in the schoolyard. 

Why should Australian policymakers care about crowdfunding – the use of the internet to raise funds for new projects or business ventures, often involving relatively small amounts raised from large numbers of people?

One reason is that other countries are establishing streamlined regulatory regimes to permit crowdfunding – removing or simplifying the normal prospectus requirements which would otherwise impede or prevent its occurrence.  For example, New Zealand legalised crowdfunding in April and other countries like the US, UK and Canada have recently changed their laws to permit it.[1]

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00

Hobart Mercury: Facebook feels heat on bullies

SOCIAL media giants such as Facebook and Instagram will face fines of up to $17,000 a day if they repeatedly refuse to take down offensive and harassing material directed at Aussie kids.

The anti-trolling legislation will be introduced today by the Federal Government, which will create a new authority to fight cyber-bullying.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00

Courier Mail: Sites to pay for hosting bullies

SOCIAL media giants such as Facebook and Instagram will face fines of up to $17,000 a day if they refuse to take down offensive and harassing material directed at Australian children.

The anti-trolling legislation will be introduced today by the Federal Government, which will create a new authority to fight cyber-bullying.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00

Cairns Post: Cyber laws to hit big firms

SOCIAL media giants such as Facebook and Instagram will face fines of up to $17,000 a day if they repeatedly refuse to take down offensive and harassing material directed at Aussie kids.

The anti-trolling legislation will be introduced today by the Federal Government, which will create a new authority to fight cyber bullying.

The office of the Children's E-Safety Commissioner will be empowered to demand social media organisations silence cyber bullies by taking down offensive content which is directed at kids.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00

Herald Sun: $17k fine to deter foul trolls

Social media giants such as Facebook and Instagram will face fines of up to $17,000 a day if they repeatedly refuse to take down offensive and harassing material directed at Aussie children.

The anti-trolling legislation will be introduced today by the Federal Government, which will create an authority to fight cyber-bullying.

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