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Greens welcome progress on NBN

The Australian Greens welcomed the announcements today that NBN Co has settled on a fixed wireless network partner and sealed a construction deal to roll out the National Broadband Network for a mid-2012 service start.

"This process obviously wasn't as smooth as it could have been, but we're pleased to see the tenders awarded at last," Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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NBN joint committee agreement a major step forward

The Australian Greens have reached agreement with the Government on the composition, timing and terms of reference for a new Joint Committee dedicated to overseeing the rollout of the National Broadband Network.

"We have spent the summer negotiating broader terms of reference, removing the proposed Government majority on the committee and ensuring that it gets to work right away, rather than waiting until July before getting started," Australian Greens spokesperson on communications, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said today.

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NBNCo must be subject to Freedom of Information Act

The Australian Greens will take action in the Senate to make the National Broadband Network Company subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Greens spokesperson for communications Senator Scott Ludlam said that it was unacceptable that a public enterprise investing approximately $27.5 billion of tax-payer's money would be exempt from the Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation.

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Competition and Consumer safeguards for the NBN and Telstra

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (5.11 pm)-I was expecting some contributions from the National Party, but they do not appear to be in the chamber. I will, however, rise to make some comments on the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2010. This debate has been a very long time coming. Senators will recall that it was originally scheduled for October 2009. A series of procedural blocking tactics by the coalition prevented this debate from happening more than a year ago.

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