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Notice given 25 June 2002

*3  Chair of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee (Senator Allison): To move—That the following matter be referred to the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in March 2003:

The role of libraries as providers of public information in the online environment, having particular regard to:

(a) the current community patterns of demand for public information services through libraries, including the provision of such information online;

(b) the response by libraries (public, university, research) to the changing information needs of Australians, including through the provision of online resources;

(c) possible strategies which would enhance the wider use and distribution of information resources held by libraries, including the establishment of library networks, improved online access in libraries, online libraries, and greater public knowledge and skill in using library resources;

(d) the use of libraries to deliver information and services over the Internet to more effectively meet community demands for public information in the online environment; and;

(e) the roles of various levels of government, the corporate sector and libraries themselves in ensuring the most effective use of libraries as a primary public information resource in the online environment.

*4  Senator Sherry: To move—That the following matters be referred to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee for inquiry and report by 29 August 2002:

(a) the implications of excision for border security;

(b) the effect of excision on affected communities, including Indigenous communities;

(c) the financial impact on the Commonwealth;

(d) the nature of consultation with affected communities in relation to the Government’s excision proposals;

(e) the Migration Legislation Amendment (Further Border Protection Measures) Bill 2002; and

(f) whether the legislation is consistent with Australia’s international obligations.

Notice of motion altered on 24 June 2002 pursuant to standing order 77.

*5  Chair of the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee (Senator Allison) and Senator Mackay: To move—That the following matters be referred to the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee for inquiry and report by 21 February 2003:

(a) the capacity of the Australian telecommunications network, including the public switched telephone network, to deliver adequate services to all Australians, particularly in rural and regional areas;

(b) the capacity of the Australian telecommunications network, including the public switched telephone network, to provide all Australians with reasonable, comparable and equitable access to broadband services;

(c) current investment patterns and future investment requirements to achieve adequacy of services in the Australian telecommunications network;

(d) regulatory or other measures which might be required to bring the Australian telecommunications network up to an adequate level to ensure that all Australians may obtain access to adequate telecommunications services; and

(e) any other matters, including international comparisons, which are deemed relevant to these issues by the committee.

Order of the Day

Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Report to be presented in respect of the 2002-03 Budget estimates.