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‘I welcome today’s commitment by the federal Coalition to build the F3-M2 Missing Link’, Paul Fletcher, Federal Member for Bradfield said today.

‘In Bradfield, the F3-M2 Missing Link will deliver major benefits.  It will greatly reduce heavy vehicle traffic on Pennant Hills Road and the Pacific Highway. 

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

AFR: Red face, not red underpants

The just completed auction of radiofrequency spectrum for wireless broadband services has produced, by any measure, a disappointing result. It raised much less than $2 billion - after Communications Minister Stephen Conroy took the unusual step last year of directly intervening to set an extraordinarily high reserve price equating to nearly $3 billion. Conroy said the asset was the "waterfront property" of spectrum.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00

LABOR’S UNIVERSITY CUTS TO HIT BRADFIELD HARD

The 9000 tertiary students in Bradfield will be hit hard by the Gillard Government’s $2.8 billion in funding cuts to universities announced recently, according to Paul Fletcher MP, Federal Member for Bradfield.

‘Labor’s cuts, funding deferrals and changes to education programmes now equate to a total of $11 billion’, Mr Fletcher said.

NBN Co budgeted $11.3 billion to build the network past 10.2 million existing (or ‘brownfields’) premises by 2021: that’s a cost per premises of $1100. The Coalition has been pressing NBN Co for some time to reveal its actual cost per premises on the parts of the network built to date.

Most commentary on the Coalition’s recently released broadband policy, inevitably, has concentrated on download speeds and capital cost.

But just as important are the measures in the policy to stimulate competition in the Australian broadband market. 

Federal Member for Bradfield Paul Fletcher today announced a call for applications for funding from the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program in Bradfield.

‘The Centenary of Anzac will be the most significant national period of commemoration in our nation’s history – as we mark 100 years since the men of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps came ashore at Anzac Cove on Gallipoli Penninsula on April 25, 2015,’ Mr Fletcher said.

Bradfield residents and businesses will benefit from the Coalition’s plan to build a more affordable NBN and deliver it sooner than Labor’s NBN said Paul Fletcher MP, Federal Member for Bradfield

‘As a former telecommunications executive I am a strong believer in the importance of improving Australia's broadband infrastructure’, Mr Fletcher said.

WE hear a lot from the Gillard government about manufacturing, with summits, and policy statements and taskforces.

Manufacturing is of course vitally important, but it is odd that we hear much less about services, even though it is a substantially bigger sector. In 2010-11 services constituted $923 billion, or 77.6 per cent of industry output (compared with mining at 10.3 per cent and manufacturing at 9.1 per cent).

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 00:00

Australian Financial Review: Leave Super Alone

According to the most recent rhetoric from the Gillard government and its advisers, the superannuation system is a tax rort for the wealthy – indeed senior Minister Craig Emerson says the “fabulously wealthy”.

Treasury Secretary Martin Parkinson has complained that the superannuation system – particularly measures to encourage voluntary savings – “come at a …very significant cost”, with Treasury estimating the concessions are worth more than $30 billion a year.

I appeared on Commsday's Crosstalk podcast with Phil Dobbie, discussing the NBN's recently announced rollout delays.


You can Listen to the podcast here.

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