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Thursday, 25 November 2010
Page: 2319


Senator CONROY (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity) (9:37 PM) —Sorry about that. The government opposes amendment (7). It requires public consultation on the ministerial instruments, which provide for what a migration plan may or may not deal with. The government does not consider consultation on these instruments will be necessary. The bill already provides for consultation on the migration plan principles in proposed subsection 577BB(2). Under subsection 577BD(2), the ACCC can only approve the migration plan if it complies with the principles. The ACCC is also required to consult when deciding whether to approve the original plan. Accordingly, we believe there are already sufficient opportunities for stakeholder input on the migration plan. Mr Temporary Chairman, should I speak on the other amendments now?


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Marshall)—I think that would probably be easier.


Senator CONROY —The government supports amendments (8) to (11) for the purposes of consistency with Greens amendments (3) and (6). Similar amendments have been made to the HFC undertakings and variations to those undertakings provisions. These amendments allow the minister to set out in an instrument the matters the ACCC must have regard to and require public consultation to occur on those instruments. The government also supports amendments (12) to (15) for the purposes again of consistency with amendments (3), (6) and (8) to (11). Similar amendments have been made to the subscription television undertakings and variations to those undertakings provisions. These amendments allow the minister to set out in an instrument the matters the ACCC must have regard to and require public consultation to occur on these instruments. Sorry for that confusion.