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Wednesday, 26 November 2003
Page: 18120


Senator KEMP (Minister for the Arts and Sport) (6:05 PM) —Again the Democrats surprise me. They have expressed concern about the very limited and well-defined set of messages which currently do not require an unsubscribe facility but they propose an amendment which would greatly broaden the range of messages which would not require such an unsubscribe facility. The amendment totally undermines the requirement for commercial electronic messages to include an unsubscribe facility. It would enable messages to be sent without unsubscribe details where the sender believes the addressee has a specific commercial interest in receiving the message. The government strongly believes that it is critical that messages include an unsubscribe facility, regardless of whether the addressee wishes to receive the message. We will not be supporting Senator Greig's amendment.

Question negatived.