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Petitions presented up to 19 March 2009
House of Representatives committee
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Petitions presented up to 19 March 2009

CHAIR (Mrs Irwin) —Good morning. I now declare open this public hearing of the Standing Committee on Petitions and welcome everyone in attendance. Under the House standing orders the committee is able to examine matters relating to petitions and, as a way of complementing the ministerial response process, the committee has decided to conduct public hearings on issues raised in petitions.

Today the committee has invited three departments to provide advice on issues raised by petitioners so that petitioners, of most petitions, are able to have the benefit of expert advice from the relevant department or departments. This morning we welcome representatives of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy; the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government; and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The transcript of what is said today will be posted on the committee’s website. If you would like further details about the meeting or the transcript please ask any of the committee staff here at the hearing. The hearing is open to the public.

I now invite representatives from the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and others to the table.

[10.18 am]