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NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK COMPANIES BILL 2010E TELECOMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK MEASURES—ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS) BILL 2011

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins)—That these bills be now read a second time.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,36


Senators—
ArbibFarrellLudlamPolley
BilykFaulknerLudwigPratt
BishopFeeneyLundySherry
Brown, BobFieldingMarshallSiewert
Brown, CarolForshawMcEwen (Teller)Stephens
CameronFurnerMcLucasSterle
CollinsHanson-YoungMilneWong
ConroyHurleyMooreWortley
CrossinHutchinsO'BrienXenophon

NOES, 34


Senators—
AbetzCashHumphriesParry
Adams (Teller)ColbeckJohnstonRonaldson
BackCoonanJoyceRyan
BarnettCormannKrogerScullion
BernardiEgglestonMacdonaldTroeth
BirminghamFergusonMasonTrood
BoyceFifieldMcGauranWilliams
BrandisFisherMinchin
BushbyHeffernanNash

Question agreed to.

Bills read a second time.

The Senate resolved itself into committee for the consideration of the bills.


In the committee

NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK COMPANIES BILL 2010—

The question that the bill may be taken as a whole was debated.

Senator Birmingham moved—That the committee report progress and ask leave to sit again.

Question put.

The committee divided—

AYES, 31

Senators—

Abetz

Back

Barnett

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby (Teller)

Cash

Colbeck

Coonan

Cormann

Eggleston

Ferguson

Fifield

Fisher

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Macdonald

Mason

McGauran

Nash

Parry

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Troeth

Trood

Williams

NOES, 33

Senators—

Arbib

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Collins

Conroy

Crossin

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Fielding

Forshaw

Furner

Hanson-Young

Hurley

Hutchins

Ludlam

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

O'Brien

Polley

Pratt

Sherry

Siewert

Stephens

Sterle

Wortley

Xenophon

Question negatived.

Bill taken as a whole by leave.

Senator Birmingham moved the following amendment:

 Clause 9, page 15 (lines 4 to 8), omit the clause, substitute:

  

9 Supply of eligible services to be on wholesale basis

  (1) An NBN corporation must not supply an eligible service to another person unless:

 (a) the other person is a carrier or a service provider; and

 (b) the eligible service is supplied on the basis that the other person, or a member of that person's immediate circle, must:

 (i) re-supply the eligible service; or

 (ii) use the eligible service to supply a carriage service or content service to the public.

  (2) For the purposes of this Subdivision, a service is supplied to the public if:

 (a) it is used for the carriage of communications between 2 end-users, each of which is outside the immediate circle of the supplier of the service; or


 (b) it is used for point-to-multipoint services to end-users, at least one of which is outside the immediate circle of the supplier of the service.

  (3) In this section:

   immediate circle has the meaning given by section 23 of the Telecommunications Act 1997.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES,31


Senators—
BackColbeckJohnstonParry
BarnettCoonanJoyceRonaldson
BernardiEgglestonKrogerRyan
BirminghamFergusonMacdonaldScullion
BoyceFifieldMasonTroeth
BrandisFisherMcGauranTrood
Bushby (Teller)HeffernanMinchinWilliams
CashHumphriesNash

NOES, 33


Senators—
ArbibFarrellLundySherry
BilykFieldingMarshallSiewert
BishopForshawMcEwen (Teller)Stephens
Brown, BobFurnerMcLucasSterle
Brown, CarolHanson-YoungMilneWortley
CameronHurleyMooreXenophon
CarrHutchinsO'Brien
CollinsLudlamPolley
CrossinLudwigPratt

Question negatived.

Explanatory memoranda: The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy) tabled supplementary explanatory memoranda [2] relating to the government amendments to be moved to the National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010 and the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures—Access Arrangements) Bill 2011.

On the motion of Senator Conroy the following amendments, taken together by leave, were debated and agreed to:

 Clause 10, page 15 (after line 17), after subclause (1), insert:

  (1A) Paragraph (1)(a) does not apply to a carriage service supplied to Airservices Australia unless the carriage service is supplied on the basis that Airservices Australia must not re-supply the carriage service.


 Clause 10, page 15 (after line 28), after subclause (2), insert:

  (2A) Paragraph (2)(a) does not apply to a carriage service supplied to a State or Territory transport authority unless the carriage service is supplied on the basis that the State or Territory transport authority must not re-supply the carriage service.

 Clause 10, page 16 (after line 5), at the end of the clause, add:

  (4) Paragraph (3)(a) does not apply to a carriage service supplied to a rail corporation unless the carriage service is supplied on the basis that the rail corporation must not re-supply the carriage service.

 Clause 11, page 16 (line 7), before "Section", insert "(1)".

 Clause 11, page 16 (after line 15), at the end of the clause, add:

  (2) Paragraph (1)(a) does not apply to a carriage service supplied to an electricity supply body unless the carriage service is supplied on the basis that the electricity supply body must not re-supply the carriage service.

 Clause 12, page 16 (line 17), before "Section", insert "(1)".

 Clause 12, page 16 (after line 26), at the end of the clause, add:

  (2) Paragraph (1)(a) does not apply to a carriage service supplied to a gas supply body unless the carriage service is supplied on the basis that the gas supply body must not re-supply the carriage service.

 Clause 13, page 16 (line 28), before "Section", insert "(1)".

 Clause 13, page 17 (after line 4), at the end of the clause, add:

  (2) Paragraph (1)(a) does not apply to a carriage service supplied to a water supply body unless the carriage service is supplied on the basis that the water supply body must not re-supply the carriage service.

 Clause 14, page 17 (line 6), before "Section", insert "(1)".

 Clause 14, page 17 (after line 13), at the end of the clause, add:

  (2) Paragraph (1)(a) does not apply to a carriage service supplied to a sewerage services body unless the carriage service is supplied on the basis that the sewerage services body must not re-supply the carriage service.

 Clause 15, page 17 (line 15), before "Section", insert "(1)".

 Clause 15, page 17 (after line 24), at the end of the clause, add:

  (2) Paragraph (1)(a) does not apply to a carriage service supplied to a storm water drainage services body unless the carriage service is supplied on the basis that the storm water drainage services body must not re-supply the carriage service.

 Clause 16, page 17 (line 26), before "Section", insert "(1)".

 Clause 16, page 17 (after line 32), at the end of the clause, add:

  (2) Paragraph (1)(a) does not apply to a carriage service supplied to a State or Territory road authority unless the carriage service is supplied on the basis that the State or Territory road authority must not re-supply the carriage service.


Question—That the bill, as amended, be agreed to—divided, at the request of Senator Birmingham, in respect of clauses 10 to 16, as amended.

Clauses 10 to 16, as amended, debated.

Question—That clauses 10 to 16, as amended, be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES, 33

Senators—

Arbib

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Carr

Collins

Conroy

Farrell

Fielding

Forshaw

Furner

Hanson-Young

Hurley

Hutchins

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

O'Brien

Polley

Pratt

Sherry

Siewert

Stephens

Sterle

Wortley

Xenophon

NOES, 31

Senators—

Adams

Back

Barnett

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby (Teller)

Cash

Colbeck

Coonan

Eggleston

Ferguson

Fifield

Fisher

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger

Macdonald

Mason

McGauran

Minchin

Nash

Parry

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Troeth

Trood

Williams

Clauses agreed to.

Senator Birmingham moved the following amendment:

 Clause 18, page 18 (line 7), omit the clause, substitute:

  

18 Services not to be supplied

   An NBN corporation must not supply a service to another person unless that service is an eligible service.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES,31


Senators—
AdamsCashJohnstonParry
BackColbeckJoyceRonaldson
BarnettCoonanKrogerRyan
BernardiEgglestonMacdonaldScullion
BirminghamFergusonMasonTroeth
BoyceFifieldMcGauranTrood
BrandisFisherMinchinWilliams
Bushby (Teller)HumphriesNash

NOES, 33



Senators—
ArbibCrossinLudlamPratt
BilykFarrellLudwigSherry
BishopFaulknerLundySiewert
Brown, BobFieldingMarshallSterle
Brown, CarolForshawMcEwen (Teller)Wortley
CameronFurnerMcLucasXenophon
CarrHanson-YoungMilne
CollinsHurleyMoore
ConroyHutchinsPolley

Question negatived.

On the motion of Senator Conroy the following amendments, taken together by leave, were debated and agreed to:

 Clause 24, page 21 (line 18), after "Communications Minister", insert "and the Finance Minister".

 Clause 24, page 22 (lines 9 and 10), omit subclause (4).

Senator Birmingham moved the following amendment:

 Page 36 (after line 4), after clause 41, insert:

  

41A Restrictions on services higher than Layer 2

  (1) An NBN corporation must not supply an eligible service that is higher than Layer 2 in the Open System Interconnection (OSI) Reference Model.

  (2) The Minister may, by legislative instrument, exempt a specified eligible service from the operation of subsection (1).

  (3) The Minister must not make or vary an instrument under subsection (2) unless the Minister is satisfied that the instrument complies with the following network layer principles:

 (a) an NBN corporation should not supply services at a layer in the network hierarchy of the national broadband network that is higher than Layer 2 unless the relevant demand cannot be satisfied by means of the provision of a service at Layer 2;

 (b) an NBN corporation should not supply services at a layer in the network hierarchy of the national broadband network other than the lowest technically feasible layer;

 (c) an NBN corporation should not compete for the supply of services if competition for the supply of the same or equivalent services already occurs, or if there is a reasonable prospect that competition for the supply of the same or equivalent services will occur;

 (d) the proposed exemption will assist to promote competition in downstream wholesale and retail markets.

  (4) Before making or varying an instrument under subsection (2), the Minister must:

 (a) cause to be published on the Department's website a notice that:

 (i) sets out the draft instrument or variation; and


 (ii) gives the reasons why the Minister is satisfied that the instrument or variation complies with the network layer principles; and

 (iii) invites persons to make submissions to the Minister about the instrument or variation within 14 days after the notice is published; and

 (b) ask the ACCC to give advice to the Minister, within 28 days after the publication of the notice, about the instrument or variation; and

 (c) consider the advice and any submissions.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES,32


Senators—
AbetzBushbyHumphriesNash
AdamsCashJohnstonParry (Teller)
BackColbeckJoyceRonaldson
BarnettCoonanKrogerRyan
BernardiEgglestonMacdonaldScullion
BirminghamFergusonMasonTroeth
BoyceFifieldMcGauranTrood
BrandisFisherMinchinWilliams

NOES, 34


Senators—
ArbibFarrellLudwigPratt
BilykFaulknerLundySherry
BishopFieldingMarshallSiewert
Brown, BobForshawMcEwen (Teller)Stephens
Brown, CarolFurnerMcLucasSterle
CameronHanson-YoungMilneWortley
CarrHurleyMooreXenophon
CollinsHutchinsO'Brien
ConroyLudlamPolley

Question negatived.

On the motion of Senator Conroy the following amendment was debated and agreed to:

 Clause 48, page 39 (line 31), omit "30 June 2018", substitute "31 December 2020".

Senator Birmingham moved the following amendments together by leave:

 Clause 3, page 3 (lines 8 to 22), omit paragraph (1)(b).

 Clause 4, page 5 (lines 9 to 26), omit the fourth and fifth dot points.

 Clause 5, page 7 (line 2), omit the definition of Commonwealth ownership provisions.

 

 Clause 5, page 7 (lines 14 to 16), omit the definitions of declared pre-termination period and declared sale deferral period.

 Clause 43, page 37 (lines 5 to 22), omit the first and second dot points.


 Heading to Subdivision B, page 39 (lines 6 and 7), omit the heading, substitute:

  

Subdivision B—Productivity Commission Inquiry

 Clause 49, page 41 (lines 19 to 22), omit subclause (1), substitute:

  (1) This section applies if it is proposed to enter into an NBN Co sale scheme and there has not been a previous reference to the Productivity Commission under this section.

 Clause 52, page 46 (lines 10 and 11), omit "unless the Commonwealth ownership provisions have ceased to have effect", substitute "until 15 sitting days after the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Ownership of NBN Co has reported to both Houses of the Parliament".

 Clause 53, page 46 (lines 16 and 17), omit "unless the Commonwealth ownership provisions have ceased to have effect under section 51", substitute "until the completion of 15 sitting days after the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Ownership of NBN Co has reported to both Houses of the Parliament, under paragraph 3(1)(b) of Schedule 2, on the Committee's examination of the report of the Productivity Commission inquiry mentioned in section 49".

Debate ensued.

At 10 pm: The Acting Deputy President (Senator Forshaw) resumed the chair and the Temporary Chair of Committees reported progress.

Suspension of sitting: The sitting of the Senate was suspended at 10 pm till 9 am, Friday, 25 March 2011.

FRIDAY, 25 MARCH 2011

At 9 am—

The sitting of the Senate resumed.