Proposals for funding under the Federal government’s Mobile Phone Black Spot programme have now been received by the government.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams said that in August last year approximately 6,000 unique mobile black spot locations were added to the national database, of which 97 are in the Hunter electorate.
He said each of the mobile network operators, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, have provided proposals which will be assessed prior to the announcement of the list of base stations by June 30.
Senator Williams explained the process is designed to maximise competition between locations and bidders to get as many base stations as possible for the $100 million in Federal money.
The headline in the Northern Daily Leader on the 17th of April (Our Ice High) is extremely alarming in its simplistic statement. To read that amphetamine use in the New England North West is virtually out of control is a wake-up call. It comes on the back of stories appearing in other northern newspapers with headlines such as Deadly Ice Age and details of a 15-year-old being involved in an ice-dealing ring in our region. It is frightening, and it will get worse. The Australian Crime Commission is so concerned it has released a detailed report titled The Australian Methylamphetamine Market, and it is compulsive reading for every adult Australian. Serious and organised crime gangs are now controlling the bulk of the nation’s illicit drug market. The violent, inhuman Mexican drug trafficking cartels are becoming increasingly involved in the global meth market and are seeking international criminal partners in Australia. We are now a lucrative market because the average street price per gram in Australia is USD$500, almost ten times the price in China for example.
‘An invitation that could save your life’
The Federal Government has launched a campaign that is aimed at boosting screening awareness amongst at-risk groups.
Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths amongst women in Australia, but the Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams says if detected early and managed, nine-out-of-ten cases can be successfully treated.
Senator Williams said under the new $55.7 million initiative all Australian women aged 50 to 74 will receive an invitation.
He said it is the first time this age group has been specifically targeted for breast screening awareness, with an additional 220,000 breast screens expected to be delivered over four years as a direct result.
The Federal Minister for Small Business the Hon. Bruce Billson will be in the Tweed Heads area this Thursday.
His visit is being hosted by the Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams who has had a close working relationship with the Minister on competition laws.
Senator Williams said Minister Billson will address a breakfast at Kirra Surf Club on Thursday morning where the major topic will be the Competition Policy Review which was Chaired by Professor Ian Harper.
He said the Minister is talking to stakeholders and State and Territory governments to get their feedback on the 56 recommendations, some of which have already caused substantial industry reaction.