At the request of Senator Hughes, I move:
That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 5 September 2023:
Allocations of grant funding under the Improving Mobile Coverage Round (IMCR) of the Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP), with particular reference to:
(a) advice provided by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts to the Minister for Communications in relation to the MBSP generally and specifically the IMCR;
(b) the role of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts in recommending locations for the IMCR;
(c) the role of the Minister for Communications and her office in relation to the locations selected for the IMCR;
(d) communications with communities seeking funding from the MBSP, including communities who sought to be included in the IMCR but were excluded; and
(e) any other related matters.
The question is that the motion moved by Senator Askew standing in the name of Senator Hughes concerning a reference to the Environment and Communications References Committee regarding grant funding under the Mobile Black Spot Program be agreed to.
Date and time: 3:43 PM on 2023-03-20
Senator Pocock's vote: Aye
Total number of "aye" votes: 30
Total number of "no" votes: 31
Total number of abstentions: 15
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