HOST: You find yourself having to walk a few hundred metres, climb a fence and stand on a fence post just to find mobile reception at your place these days? It’s well known that there are number of mobile black spots in the south west, the problem that even received attention in the Keelty report in the Margret River Fires, but what do we do? The Federal government earlier this year announced $100 million dollar mobile phone black spot program, and this week marks the closing date for people to nominate locations for attention, but who can nominate, and what happens if you are successful? Paul Fletcher is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications and he joins us this morning. Good morning Mr Fletcher.
Voiceover: But the Government’s research shows there is room for improvement
Paul Fletcher MP: One of the findings of that research was that it can still be difficult to get a response when you lodge a complaint with a social media site.
New research showing a dramatic increase in mobile internet use in regional and remote Australia highlights the importance of the Abbott Government’s policy to spend $100 million on fixing mobile black spots, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher MP has said.
HOST: This is AM Agenda, thanks for your company. With me this morning: Labor frontbencher Andrew Leigh and Liberal frontbencher Paul Fletcher. Paul, first to you in terms of Australian support of the US-led operation in Iraq. The prime minister says Australian support is likely and possibly by the end of the week.
PAUL FLETCHER: Yes, Kieran. Well good morning, and as the prime minister has said, indeed as president Barack Obama has said, this is a humanitarian disaster in northern Iraq, with thousands of people trapped on a mountainside, surrounded by the extraordinarily barbaric ISIS forces. The prime minister has said that the government is looking at whether we can assist in terms of humanitarian aid, particularly dropping food and water and so on. We have a couple of C-130s based in the UAE, and one of the questions is whether those might be made available, and the prime minster has said that there’ll be a decision on that within days, and as the prime minister has also said, there would be, I’d suggest, not many Australians who’d disagree, that if there’s a chance to go and assist in this humanitarian disaster that we would want to do that.
One in five young Australians aged eight to seventeen experiences cyber-bullying each year, according to new research commissioned by the Abbott Government and released today by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher MP at the National Centre Against Bullying conference.
Ross Greenwood: Let’s go to the important input into the National Broadband Network, this is a key report that’s been put out, commissioned by the Communications Minister that tries to look at the performance of the National Broadband Network. Now everybody is well aware of course of the original cost of the National Broadband Network according to the Labor Party was going to be $43 billion, it was to be off the Government’s balance sheet, in other words it would not appear in the budget. The idea from the Labor Party, that time in Government, was that the National Broadband Network would provide a fibre right into your home.
Key resources to help protect young Australians against the threat of cyber-bullying are being provided with the launch of the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Digital Citizens Update, one year on from the launch of the Cybersmart Citizens portal.
Federal Member for Bradfield Paul Fletcher today encouraged local university students to enter The Speaker’s University Challenge, where students are asked to explore the topic: ‘Freedom of speech in a modern day democracy’.