Australia - Coalition Government Policies - 2002-2007

Synopsis

This report has been archived. Ever since winning government in 1995, the Federal Coalition Government telecommunications policies concentrated around the privatisation of Telstra. This report charts the key policies introduced by the Liberal-National Coalition. The national budgets from 1999 through to 2004 are all addressed here. Towards the end of this period the focus started to shift to protecting Telstra in the wake of full privatisation. A new report Australia - Labor Government Policies - 2008 covers the policies of the new Labor Government.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Australia Connected
    • 2.1 National Fibre Networks
    • 2.2 The Telecommunications Act of 2007?
    • 2.3 Fibre-to-the bush delivered to you by the Nationals
      • 2.3.1 Fibre-to-the-bush
      • 2.3.2 Heavy regulations
      • 2.3.3 Comments
      • 2.3.4 Interesting twist – Homestead
  • 3. Government Broadband Policies (Separate Report)
  • 4. Budget May 2007
  • 5. Budget May 2006
    • 5.1 Lack of infrastructure in 2006 Budget
  • 6. US Government Report on Australia
  • 7. Win for telecoms, defeat for media
  • 8. New telecoms legislation - 2005
  • 9. New government policies for the Information Economy – March 2004
    • 9.1 NOIE split into two
    • 9.2 Chief Government Information Officer
    • 9.3 Australian Government Information Management Office
    • 9.4 Office of the Information Economy
    • 9.5 Analysis
  • 10. Free Trade Agreement with the USA
  • 11. The Budgets 2003-2004
    • 11.1 Budget 2005
    • 11.2 Budget 2004
    • 11.3 Budget – 2003
      • 11.3.1 Privatisation of Telstra
      • 11.3.2 Security-initiated IT&T investments
      • 11.3.3 Winners and losers in the 2003 Budget
  • 12. Social bonus from privatisation of Telstra
    • 12.1 Introduction
    • 12.2 From Building IT Strengths (BITS) to National ICT Australia (NICTA)
    • 12.3 BITS program
    • 12.4 National ICT Australia
    • 12.5 Building additional rural networks (BARN)
    • 12.6 Networking the nation’s Local Government Fund
    • 12.7 Expanded mobile phone coverage
    • 12.8 Netwatch
    • 12.9 Trials in innovative government electronic regional services (TIGERS)
    • 12.10 Television fund
  • 13. Related reports

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Last updated 15 Feb 2008
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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As you know, I have resigned from the Labor Ministry and have decided not to re-contest the seat of Charlton at the next election – both for personal reasons.

Before leaving Parliament, I particularly wish to record my thanks to you for your generous and constructive participation in the deliberations that generated significant economic policy reforms for the Australian community. Continuous economic transformation is a key challenge that faces all Governments.

The development of sound public policy should always be contestable. Ultimately, good and equitable outcomes are not concessions to any particular interest group, but the careful balancing of interests to create the greatest possible benefit for the nation. You have contributed to that, and I sincerely thank you for it.

Greg Combet, Former Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation

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