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Wednesday, 16 March 2005
Page: 48

Senator CHERRY (12:32 PM) —I move Democrat amendment (8), as amended, on sheet 4543:

(8)    Schedule 1, page 21 (after line 24), before item 127, insert:

126A  Paragraphs 4(a) and (b)

Repeal the paragraphs, substitute:

              (a)    promotes the use of industry self-regulation where this will not impede the long term interests of end users; and

              (b)    enables the objects mentioned in section 3 to be met in a way that does not impose unnecessary financial and administrative burdens on participants in the Australian telecommunications industry;

This provision seeks to omit paragraphs 4(a) and 4(b) of the Telecommunications Act, which are the regulatory policy provisions of the Telecommunications Act, and substitute two new paragraphs. I have spoken on it before. I think it is more appropriate to move it in relation to this bill.