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Thursday, 10 March 2005
Page: 22

Senator LUDWIG (11:09 AM) —I have a couple of issues I want to raise with the minister. Minister Abetz, I appreciate that the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts is not here, but I am sure that you are reliably assisted by the advisers. In the report into the bill, government members of the Senate communications committee recommended that ministers should consider examining the so-called loophole in the antisiphoning regime and whether this may circumvent the scheme. Is the government going to examine this issue in any greater detail than it has already, and will it take that recommendation on board? I can go on to another couple of questions, to give the advisers time. What is the minister’s position on the matter? What advice have the ABA given on this matter? If they have given advice, and I understand they have in relation to this part, will the minister make that advice public, particularly given that it would assist all parties to understand this area? Minister, I have a couple of other points but perhaps you could provide a view about what I have asked about so far.