November 24, 2016

Government fails to deliver on public safety mobile broadband

Announcing that “a committee of Commonwealth, State and Territory officials to consider fully scoped proposals and report to the Council of Australian Governments in 2017” is to be established as a response to the Productivity Commission’s report on public safety mobile broadband, shows that this Government has no plan for the safety of Australians. In what can only be described …

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October 2, 2015

Productivity Commission’s Report on Mobile Broadband Spectrum a Cop Out

In September the Productivity Commission released its long awaited report, Public Safety Mobile Broadband. The draft report is a serious disappointment to the PFA and State Governments. It fails to recommend dedicated spectrum for public safety’s national broadband network; it recommends a commercial provider, presumably Telstra, be contracted to deliver the service, while at the same time acknowledging that “priority …

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June 1, 2015

Submission to Productivity Commission

The Police Federation of Australia has today made a submission to the Productivity Commission Issues Paper, April 2015 in relation to Public Safety Mobile Broadband. To view the PFA Submission, click here.

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December 2, 2014

Submission to Government’s Spectrum Review

The PFA has made a submission to Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s review of spectrum – the essential ingredient for radio communications. We did so: to emphasise the critical importance of spectrum to non-commercial users like police and emergency services; and because of our continuing concern that the Minister for Communications and the ACMA are failing to implement the statutory obligation under …

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April 16, 2014

Spectrum for Public Safety Agencies

On the 16 April 2014 the PFA wrote a second letter to the Minister of Communications Malcolm Turnbull urging a swift response on the cost benefit analysis for the provision of 20MHz of spectrum for public safety agencies. The PFA is now awaiting a response to this letter.  To view the letter please click here.

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October 10, 2013

PFA Speech to ACMA RadComm2013 Conference

PFA CEO Mark Burgess made a presentation to the ACMA RadComm2013 Conference in Sydney on Wednesday 6th October arguing for dedicated spectrum to be set aside for a public safety mobile broadband network.  For an edited version of his speech click here.   To view a graphic of the CEO’s speech compiled by ACMA graphic artist at the conference – click …

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July 23, 2013

Australian public big winners from Joint Parliamentary Committee findings on spectrum for public safety mobile broadband

On 23 July 2013 the Parliamentary Joint Committee tabled the report of its inquiry into spectrum for public safety mobile broadband and strongly backed the PFA’s call for 20MHz of spectrum to be made available for an interoperable national public safety mobile broadband network. The recommendations of this searching inquiry vindicate all the effort the PFA and its branches have …

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June 21, 2013

Police Federation appears before Parliamentary Inquiry into Spectrum for Public Safety Mobile Broadband

PFA President Vince Kelly, CEO Mark Burgess and Consultant, retired NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Bob Waites appeared before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement’s Inquiry into Spectrum for Public Safety Mobile Broadband on Monday 17 June. To read the PFA’s submission to the Inquiry click here and for the attachments to the submission click here.  For a copy of the …

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May 10, 2013

Boston Bombings: Five policing lessons for Australia

Across Australia there are around 400,000 first responders – our police officers, firefighters, ambulance paramedics and emergency services personnel – who are there when you need them most, when public safety is at serious risk.  click here to read on

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