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Monday, 6 December 2004
Page: 49


Senator FERRIS (3:46 PM) —I wish to make the simple point that the Democrats were represented this morning at the Selection of Bills Committee meeting and that it was by agreement that tomorrow was determined to be the reporting date. I seek leave to have the report incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows—

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 13 OF 2004

1. The committee met on Monday, 6 December 2004.

2. The committee resolved to recommend that the Copyright Legislation Amendment Bill 2004 be referred immediately to the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 7 December 2004 (see appendix 1 for statement of reasons for referral).

(Jeannie Ferris)

Chair

6 December 2004

Appendix 1

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Copyright Legislation Amendment Bill 2004

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

To respond to concerns that the bill will enable persons other than copyright owners or their licensees to force internet service providers to take down allegedly infringing copyright material. Is this consistent with Australia's obligations under the USFTA. Is it a requirement that applies to ISP in the US—if not why is Australia introducing such laws?

Possible submissions or evidence from:

Internet Service Providers, copyright owners, copyright users, Attorney-Generals, Foreign Affairs and Trade

Committee to which bill is referred:

Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date: 6 December 2004

Possible reporting date(s): 7 December 2004

Question agreed to.