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ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
09/03/2011
National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010; Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures—Access Arrangements) Bill 2011
ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
Senate committee
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010; Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures—Access Arrangements) Bill 2011
Final

CHAIR (Senator Cameron) —I declare open this public hearing of the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications in relation to its inquiry into the National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010 and the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures-Access Arrangements) bill 2010. The committee’s proceedings today will follow the program as circulated. These are public proceedings. The committee may also agree to requests to have evidence heard in camera or may determine that certain evidence should be held in camera.

I remind all witnesses that in giving evidence to the committee they are protected by parliamentary privilege. It is unlawful for anyone to threaten or disadvantage a witness on account of evidence given to a committee, and such action may be treated by the Senate as a contempt. It is also a contempt to give false or misleading evidence to the committee.

If a witness objects to answering a question, the witness should state the ground upon which the objection is to be taken and the committee will determine whether it will insist on an answer, having regard to the ground which is claimed. If the committee determines to insist on an answer, a witness may request that the answer be given in camera. Such a request may of course always be made at any other time.

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