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Wednesday, 23 March 1994
Page: 2009

  Pursuant to standing order 25, the following notice of motion was given by the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science, Technology, Transport, Communications and Infrastructure (Senator Childs) for the next day of sitting:

  That the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science, Technology, Transport, Communications and Infrastructure for inquiry and report:

The impact on industry, employment and the community of telecommunications developments up to the year 2000 and beyond. When assessing the impact of telecommunications developments the Committee will take account of the following:

(a)telecommunications technology currently available in Australia and overseas;

(b)anticipated developments in telecommunications technology in Australia and overseas;

(c)availability and affordability of telecommunications technology for the majority of Australians;

(d)industry's ability to implement and benefit from technology developments;

(e)the effect on work practices and employment including working from home;

(f)the social and cultural impact on home life in metropolitan, regional and remote areas;

(g)the extent to which Australia's current telecommunications policies anticipate telecommunications developments; and

(h)the extent to which Parliament should give leadership to Australian innovation and the application of technology taking into account the social as well as technical and economic considerations.