Andrew believes that Hobart should have digital radio like other state capitals and has lobbied the Government to commit to a full rollout in Hobart as soon as possible. He also believes that community radio should play an important role in any planning, trial and extension of digital radio to Tasmania.
Andrew has not supported internet filtering as he believes it is inconsistent with the nature of the internet and probably unachievable technically, not least because of the increasing popularity of virtual private networks. He believes instead that web users should be protected by commercially available filter software, as well as effective law enforcement against those who misuse the web.
That said, Andrew is interested to see that the United Kingdom is rolling out a number of internet child protection measures including opt-out subject to age verification. He intends to explore such ideas further to see where there might be common ground between the nature of the internet and the need to protect people and in particular children.
Andrew supports a full fibre to the premises rollout of the NBN and is disappointed with the Government’s inferior plan to concentrate on fibre to the node. He is also disappointed that the rollout is moving at a glacial pace and that so many parts of Denison are still to be connected, and repeatedly lobbied the Government and asked questions in Parliament to try to remedy the situation.
Andrew believes that phone towers are important and need to be built, but that too many are being badly sited and built with little community consultation. He has introduced two Private Members’ Bills – one in 2011 and another in 2014 – that would give communities greater say in where phone towers are built. He has also been involved in community actions against badly sited phone towers in Sandy Bay, Claremont and Glenorchy.
Andrew strongly supports the ABC and SBS and believes in the need for independent and well-resourced public broadcasters. He voted against the Appropriation Bills in 2014 that contained cuts to the ABC and SBS and takes every opportunity to defend the public broadcasters’ independence against attacks from the Government.