Senate debates

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Questions without Notice

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2:35 pm

Photo of Mitch FifieldMitch Fifield (Victoria, Liberal Party, Minister for Communications) Share this | Hansard source

I shouldn't ignore Senator Smith's state of Western Australia. More than 90 per cent of the state is either complete or has NBN construction underway. In just a few weeks, the total number of premises ready for service in WA will tip over the one million mark, and what is even more stark is the number of connected services achieved in WA since 2013. When we inherited the NBN project, contractors had downed tools in WA. There were just 109 existing homes who had been connected to the NBN after four years. That number now stands at 434,730. When we add in the non-fixed-line areas, there are now are more than half a million Western Australian premises that are benefiting from the NBN right across the state. It's good news that we're delivering the NBN quickly and affordably to all Australians.

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