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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 4149..


MINISTER FOR BUSINESS, EMPLOYMENT AND TOURISM

QUESTION NO. 332

Gungahlin - Broadband Project

Ms Follett - asked the Chief Minister (referred to you as Minister responsible) - In relation to the Gungahlin Broadband Project -

(1) What is the current status of the agreement between the ACT Government and Telecom Australia (now Telstra) over fibre optic cabling and multimedia facilities in Gungahlin.

(2) How is the current status different from that at the commencement of the agreement.

(3) What action will you take to enforce Telstra's compliance with the original agreement.

Mr De Domenico - the answer to the Member's question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Government and Telstra are currently negotiating a range of projects to replace the Gungahlin Broadband Project which Telstra has decided not to undertake in its original form. As those projects are subject to commercial negotiations I am not at liberty to discuss them. However, the result of these discussions will he announced in due course.

(2) The status is different in that the major project outlined - the Gungahlin Broadband Project will not go ahead as was originally envisaged.

(3) The Government has made it clear to Telstra that it is disappointed with the decision not to go ahead with the original project. The agreement which was negotiated in July 1993 has no formal compliance clauses, but was by its nature a basic Memorandum of Understanding whereby both parties sought, within their best endeavours, to undertake a range of mutually beneficial projects. Telstra has, with the exception of the Gungahlin project, undertaken and completed all other activities.


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