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Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Page: 334


Mr HARTSUYKER (Cowper) (18:07): by leave—I move opposition amendments (1) to (3):

(1) Clause 86, page 50 (line 29), before "The purposes", insert "(1)".

(2) Clause 86, page 51 (line 2), at the end of paragraph (c), add ", so far as those costs are offset by reductions in the administration costs of ACMA".

(3) Clause 86, page 51 (after line 6), at the end of clause, add:

(2) The Minister must direct ACMA to reduce its administrative costs in proportion with the extent to which its operations are taken over by TUSMA.

(3) ACMA must comply with the direction.

These amendments aim to ensure that taxpayers do not fund a duplication of services between ACMA and TUSMA. The amendments will require the minister to direct ACMA to reduce its administrative expenses in proportion to the extent to which its operations are taken over by TUSMA. As TUSMA takes over the management of the USO from ACMA, these amendments will ensure that ACMA reduces its expenses in line with its reduced responsibilities.