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The nation's peak ICT research body is urging Australian governments to lift their lagging digital services, with a list of recommendations analysts say could have lessened recent public sector job cuts such as those seen at the ABC this week.

In a white paper to be launched on Wednesday by Malcolm Turnbull's parliamentary secretary Paul Fletcher, National ICT Australia (NICTA) says the private sector must be allowed to facilitate people's access to government services online. 

The "service broker" model would effectively turn government into a wholesaler of public services, with non-government organisations competing to deliver access to services such as Medicare and Centrelink.

Federal Member for Bradfield Paul Fletcher MP has congratulated Bill Bradley from Hornsby on receiving the Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Disability at the 2014 National Disability Awards.

Mr Fletcher said Mr Bradley was praised by judges for his efforts as a role model and teacher and for advocating so strongly for the rights of people with disability in being able to participate in many varied sporting arenas.

'I congratulate Barry O’Farrell on a job well done,' said Paul Fletcher Member for Bradfield, responding to Mr O'Farrell's announcement that he will step down as Member for Ku-ring-gai at the next state election.

'Barry O’Farrell served the people of NSW and Ku-ring-gai with distinction in an outstanding political career.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 14:02

Bradfield boosted through local government grants

Payments to councils in Bradfield are being made under the Australian Government Financial Assistance Grant programme.

Federal Member for Bradfield, Paul Fletcher, said the Australian Government is providing $2.3 billion in quarterly payments to local councils nationwide in 2014-15.

Applications are now open for community-led Green Army projects that support practical, grassroots environment and heritage conservation activities across Bradfield.

The Australian Government is providing additional opportunities in the 2014/15 financial year for community organisations, environment groups and local councils to apply for Green Army projects in Bradfield.

Spring Hill is one of the many towns in Calare now able to access superfast broadband with the NBN Co fixed wireless network, offering internet speeds faster than typical ADSL connections in the cities.

Federal Member for Calare John Cobb, and Paul Fletcher MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, visited the Spring Hill site today to launch the new fixed wireless NBN facilities in Calare.

“Today’s launch at this fantastic site in Spring Hill signals another important milestone towards delivering new fixed wireless NBN facilities which will benefit local residents in the region,” Mr Cobb said.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs MP last week joined Bradfield MP Paul Fletcher in a visit to Pennant Hills Road.

A COMPETITIVE selection process for mobile blackspot funding will begin within weeks.

That’s according to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher, who was in the Bega Valley on Wednesday to hear from local organisations about their concerns over mobile phone coverage.

THE construction of the NBNCo’s satellite ground station at Wolumla is all but complete, with the facility now entering the testing phase.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher and Member for Eden-Monaro Peter Hendy were given a guided tour of the facility on Wednesday.

HOST 1: Federal MP, Paul Fletcher, Secretary to Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull is in our patch this week. Tomorrow in fact, he will be meeting with local emergency service groups and local businesses also be talking about the federal government's $100 million program which will be something of a competitive selection process for local governments. I’m very pleased to say that Paul Fletcher is on the line for a bit of a chat. Paul, thanks so much for your time.

Paul Fletcher: Good Morning Sophie, pleased to be with you. 

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