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Broadcasting Services Amendment (Online Services) Bill 1999

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1998-99

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Online Services) Bill 1999

 

 

(Amendments to be moved by Senator Bishop for the Opposition in committee of the whole)

 

(1)     Page 2 (after line 2), after clause 3, insert:

4  Review of operation of Act

             (1)  The Minister must cause a review to be undertaken of the operation of this Act.

             (2)  A person who undertakes such a review must give the Minister a written report of the review.

             (3)  The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after its receipt by the Minister.

[review of Act]

(2)     Page 2 (after line 2), after clause 4, insert:

5  Expiration of Act

                   This Act ceases to be in force at the end of 3 years after the day on which it commences.

[sunset clause]

(3)     Schedule 1, item 4, page 3 (lines 25 to 28), omit paragraph (a), substitute:

                     (a)  enables public interest considerations to be addressed in a way that does not:

                              (i)  impose unnecessary financial and administrative burdens on Internet content hosts and Internet service providers; and

                             (ii)  degrade the technical performance of the Internet in Australia to a material degree; and

                            (iii)  inhibit the development of Australia as an attractive jurisdiction for the conduct of electronic commerce and for investment in that industry; and

[regulatory policy]

(4)     Schedule 1, item 10, page 28 (line 14), omit “24 hours”, substitute “48 hours”.

[compliance with take-down notice]

(5)     Schedule 1, item 10, page 28 (line 18), omit “24 hours”, substitute “48 hours”.

[compliance with take-down notice]

(6)     Schedule 1, item 10, page 28 (line 22), omit “24 hours”, substitute “48 hours”.

[compliance with take-down notice]

(7)     Schedule 1, item 10, page 29 (lines 31 and 32), omit “the matters set out in subsection 4(3)”, substitute:

                    : (a)  the matters set out in subsection 4(3); and

                     (b)  whether the particular steps are technically feasible, commercially viable and cost effective; and

                     (c)  whether the particular steps enable end users to be better informed about the use of, or assisted in the actual use of, filter devices for self-regulation of Internet content.

[reasonable steps]

(8)     Schedule 1, item 10, page 35 (lines 2 and 3), omit “the matters set out in subsection 4(3)”, substitute:

                    : (a)  the matters set out in subsection 4(3); and

                     (b)  whether the particular steps are technically feasible, commercially viable and cost effective; and

                     (c)  whether the particular steps enable end users to be better informed about the use of, or assisted in the actual use of, filter devices for self-regulation of Internet content.

[reasonable steps]

(9)     Schedule 1, item 10, page 35 (line 10), omit “24 hours”, substitute “48 hours”.

[compliance with access-prevention notice]

(10)   Schedule 1, item 10, page 35 (line 15), omit “24 hours”, substitute “48 hours”.

[compliance with access-prevention notice]

(11)   Schedule 1, item 10, page 35 (line 25), omit “The ABA”, substitute “Subject to subsection (1A), the ABA”.

[substituted service]

(12)   Schedule 1, item 10, page 36 (after line 6), after subsection (1), insert:

          (1A)  It is a minimum requirement for a scheme formulated under subclause (1) that each Internet service provider be alerted by electronic means to the existence of a notice.

Note:          For example, it is not sufficient for the ABA to make notices available on the Internet (with or without security measures) without notifying Internet service providers that a notice has been issued.

[substituted service]

(13)   Schedule 1, item 10, page 36 (lines 7 and 8), omit the note.

[substituted service]

(14)   Schedule 1, item 10, page 55 (lines 21 to 25), clause 82, TO BE OPPOSED.

[continuing offences]

(15) is an alternative to (14)

(15)   Schedule 1, item 10, page 55 (line 22), after “subclause 79(4)”, insert “without reasonable excuse”.

[continuing offences]