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Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2010


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Summary

Amends the: Radiocommunications Act 1992, Telecommunications Act 1997 and Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to prevent Telstra from acquiring specified bands of spectrum which could be used for advanced wireless broadband services unless it structurally separates and divests its interests in cable networks and subscription broadcasting licences; National Transmission Network Sale Act 1998, Telecommunications Act 1997 and Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to require the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to: set up-front prices and non-price terms for declared services; make binding rules of conduct for the supply of declared services; issue access determinations for declared services; receive access agreements between providers and access seekers; remove the option to apply for exemptions from access obligations or undertakings; and remove merits review of regulatory decisions made by the ACCC; Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to: remove the requirement for the ACCC to undertake consultation before issuing a Part A competition notice; and clarify that content services supplied by carriers and carriage service providers are subject to the competition notice regime; Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 to: require the universal service provider to supply standard telephone services and payphones as determined by the minister; and provide for the minister to establish minimum Customer Service Guarantee performance benchmarks; and Telecommunications Act 1997 to: enable the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to obtain regular reports about carriers’ and service providers’ compliance with their obligations; require service providers to offer a priority assistance service; establish an infringement notice regime to deal with breaches of civil penalty provisions; and enable the minister to direct ACMA to determine industry standards.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 20/10/10  
Second reading moved 20/10/10  
Second reading debate 15/11/10  
Second reading agreed to 15/11/10  
Consideration in detail debate 16/11/10  
Third reading agreed to 16/11/10  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 17/11/10  
Second reading moved 17/11/10  
Second reading debate 22/11/10  
Second reading debate 23/11/10  
Second reading debate 24/11/10  
Second reading agreed to 24/11/10  
Committee of the Whole debate 24/11/10  
Committee of the Whole debate 25/11/10 Amendment details: 10 Australian Greens and 8 Independent (Xenophon) agreed to
Committee of the Whole debate 26/11/10 Amendment details: 2 Australian Greens and 2 Independent (Xenophon) [1 as amended by Government] agreed to
Third reading agreed to 26/11/10  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 29/11/10 Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
     
Text of bill as passed both Houses 29/11/10  
Assent 15/12/10 Act no.: 140 of 2010
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Non-Government
TURNBULL, Malcolm, MP

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  • Non-Government
TURNBULL, Malcolm, MP

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Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 7020]
LUDLAM, Sen Scott

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 7019]
LUDLAM, Sen Scott

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 7006]
LUDLAM, Sen Scott

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  • Government

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  • Independent [sheet 7005 revised]
XENOPHON, Sen Nick

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  • Independent [sheet 7005]
XENOPHON, Senator Nick

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  • Opposition [sheet 7012]
BIRMINGHAM, Sen Simon

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  • Opposition [sheet 7004]
BIRMINGHAM, Sen Simon

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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