HOST: Earlier tonight I was joined from Adelaide by the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Labor’s Nick Champion, and in Sydney, the Coalition’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications. Gentlemen welcome.
PAUL FLETCHER: Thank you.
NICK CHAMPION: Thanks.
HOST: Now there is a meeting in Cairns today looking at the problem, and it is a difficult problem in this part of the world, of mobile phone black spots, we live in an area with lots of nooks and crannies, high ground, valleys in between, very difficult to provide any form of radio or TV or communication service where the standard of coverage is uniformly high right across the region there are little areas where it doesn’t quite get in or up to a reasonable standard and those are called black spots, and there have been various initiatives over the years to try and address that in terms of mobile phone coverage, and yet another one today, a meeting with local federal member Warren Enstch and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister of Communications, his name is Paul Fletcher, it wasn’t open to the public, but certainly people with an interest in the field were invited to attend and discuss how it could be addressed and how federal money and money coming from the communications industry could applied to do something about this issue. Paul Fletcher and Warren Entsch.
Mobile phone black spots in Leichhardt have come under the spotlight today with Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch hosting a roundtable for key community representatives with Paul Fletcher MP, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications.
While the previous government spent lavishly on its planned national broadband network, it paid no attention to regional and remote mobile coverage. Not one dollar of public funding was allocated for improved mobile services, despite repeated calls for action from country Australians.
Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz MP, today hosted a community round table discussion with Paul Fletcher MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, who is responsible for implementing the Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme.
Today we were pleased to meet with stakeholders, councils, businesses, Victorian members of parliament and other key figures in the Flinders electorate to discuss the Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme.
MANY Australian businesses, particularly smaller businesses, are not big users of information and communications technology.
Imagine you had been treasurer of Australia for six years and never once delivered a surplus.
Federal Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, welcomed to the electorate today Paul Fletcher MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, who is responsible for implementing the Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme.