Government response to the Productivity Commission's report into public safety mobile broadband
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THE HON MICHAEL KEENAN MP
MINISTER FOR JUSTICE
MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR COUNTER TERRORISM
The Minister for Communications, Senator the
Hon Mitch Fifield, and the Minister for Justice Michael Keenan, today announced
the Australian Government’s response to the Productivity Commission’s report on
public safety mobile broadband (PSMB).
The Australian Government requested the
Commission undertake a ‘first-principles’ analysis of the best way to deliver a
mobile broadband capability for the state and federal public safety agencies by
2020. The Government’s response is informed by state and territory feedback on
the report’s recommendations.
The Government supports in principle the Commission’s
findings and recommendations.
The Commission’s study found that commercial
mobile networks are the most efficient, effective and economical way of
delivering a public safety mobile broadband capability.
The Government recognises that mobile broadband
offers significant potential to improve the efficiency of the emergency
services and the safety of its officers.
We are committed to working with all states and
territories towards achieving an interoperable PSMB capability, and will
establish a committee of Commonwealth, State and Territory officials to
consider fully scoped proposals and report to the Council of Australian
Governments in 2017.
The Australian Government thanks the Commission
for its comprehensive report and the thorough and consultative approach used in
undertaking the commissioned study.
The Commission’s report is available at http://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/public-safety-mobile-broadband/report