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2010

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

THE SENATE

 

 

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment

(Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2010

 

 

Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

 

 

 

 

 

(1)      AG (1) [Sheet 7006]

Clause 2, page 2 (before table item 1), insert:

1A.  Schedule 1, Part 1A

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

(2)      AG (2) [Sheet 7006]

Schedule 1, page 4 (before line 2), before Part 1, insert:

Part 1A Objects

Telecommunications Act 1997

1A  At the end of subsection 3(1)

Add:

             ; and (c)  the availability of accessible and affordable carriage services that enhance the welfare of Australians.

(3)      Xenophon (1) [Sheet 7005 Revised]

          Schedule 1, item 30, page 10 (line 20), omit the heading to subsection 577A(2), substitute:

Transparency and equivalence

(4)      Xenophon (2) [Sheet 7005 Revised]

          Schedule 1, item 30, page 10 (line 21), after “relating to”, insert “transparency and”.

(5)      Xenophon (3) [Sheet 7005 Revised]

          Schedule 1, item 30, page 10 (line 32), after “provides for”, insert “transparency and”.



 

(6)      Xenophon (5) [Sheet 7005 Revised]

          Schedule 1, item 30, page 11 (before line 26), before paragraph 577A(6)(b), insert:

                    (aa)  the national interest in structural reform of the telecommunications industry; and

                   (ab)  the impact of that structural reform on:

                              (i)  consumers; and

                             (ii)  competition in telecommunications markets; and

(7)      Xenophon (6) [Sheet 7005 Revised]/ AG (3) [Sheet 7006]

          Schedule 1, item 30, page 11 (after line 28), after subsection 577A(7), insert:

          (7A)  Before making or varying an instrument under subsection (7), the Minister must:

                     (a)  cause to be published on the Department’s website a notice:

                              (i)  setting out the draft instrument or variation; and

                             (ii)  inviting persons to make submissions to the Minister about the draft instrument or variation within 14 days after the notice is published; and

                     (b)  consider any submissions received within the 14-day period mentioned in paragraph (a).

(8)      Xenophon (7) [Sheet 7005 Revised]

          Schedule 1, item 30, page 14 (after line 10), after the definition of fixed-line carriage service , insert:

telecommunications market has the same meaning as in Part XIB of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 .

(9)      Xenophon (8) [Sheet 7005 Revised]/ AG (6) [Sheet 7006]

          Schedule 1, item 30, page 18 (after line 10), after subsection 577B(5), insert:

          (5A)  Before making or varying an instrument under subsection (5), the Minister must:

                     (a)  cause to be published on the Department’s website a notice:

                              (i)  setting out the draft instrument or variation; and

                             (ii)  inviting persons to make submissions to the Minister about the draft instrument or variation within 14 days after the notice is published; and

                     (b)  consider any submissions received within the 14-day period mentioned in paragraph (a).

(10)    AG (8) [Sheet 7006]

Schedule 1, item 30, page 36 (after line 4), after subsection 577C(1), insert:

          (1A)  In deciding whether to accept an undertaking under subsection (1), the ACCC must have regard to:

                     (a)  the matters (if any) set out in an instrument in force under subsection (1B); and

                     (b)  such other matters (if any) as the ACCC considers relevant.

          (1B)  The Minister may, by writing, set out matters for the purposes of paragraph (1A)(a).

          (1C)  Before making or varying an instrument under subsection (1B), the Minister must:

                     (a)  cause to be published on the Department’s website a notice:

                              (i)  setting out the draft instrument or variation; and

                             (ii)  inviting persons to make submissions to the Minister about the draft instrument or variation within 14 days after the notice is published; and

                     (b)  consider any submissions received within the 14-day period mentioned in paragraph (a).

(11)    AG (R9) [Sheet 7019]/ Xenophon (10) [Sheet 7005 Revised]

Schedule 1, item 30, page 36 (after line 14), at the end of section 577C, add:

             (6)  The Minister must cause a copy of an instrument under subsection (1B) to be published on the Department’s website.

             (7)  An instrument under subsection (1B) is not a legislative instrument .

(12)    AG (10) [Sheet 7006]

Schedule 1, item 30, page 40 (after line 1), after subsection 577D(3), insert:

          (3A)  In deciding whether to accept the variation, the ACCC must have regard to:

                     (a)  the matters (if any) set out in an instrument in force under subsection (3B); and

                     (b)  such other matters (if any) as the ACCC considers relevant.

          (3B)  The Minister may, by writing, set out matters for the purposes of paragraph (3A)(a).

          (3C)  Before making or varying an instrument under subsection (3B), the Minister must:

                     (a)  cause to be published on the Department’s website a notice:

                              (i)  setting out the draft instrument or variation; and

                             (ii)  inviting persons to make submissions to the Minister about the draft instrument or variation within 14 days after the notice is published; and

                     (b)  consider any submissions received within the 14-day period mentioned in paragraph (a).

(13)    AG (11) [Sheet 7006]/ Xenophon (11) [Sheet 7005 Revised]

Schedule 1, item 30, page 40 (after line 4), at the end of section 577D, add:

             (6)  The Minister must cause a copy of an instrument under subsection (3B) to be published on the Department’s website.

             (7)  An instrument under subsection (3B) is not a legislative instrument .

(14)    AG (12) [Sheet 7006]

Schedule 1, item 30, page 40 (after line 15), after subsection 577E(1), insert:

          (1A)  In deciding whether to accept an undertaking under subsection (1), the ACCC must have regard to:

                     (a)  the matters (if any) set out in an instrument in force under subsection (1B); and

                     (b)  such other matters (if any) as the ACCC considers relevant.

          (1B)  The Minister may, by writing, set out matters for the purposes of paragraph (1A)(a).

          (1C)  Before making or varying an instrument under subsection (1B), the Minister must:

                     (a)  cause to be published on the Department’s website a notice:

                              (i)  setting out the draft instrument or variation; and

                             (ii)  inviting persons to make submissions to the Minister about the draft instrument or variation within 14 days after the notice is published; and

                     (b)  consider any submissions received within the 14-day period mentioned in paragraph (a).

(15)    AG (13) [Sheet 7006]/ Xenophon (12) [Sheet 7005 Revised]

Schedule 1, item 30, page 40 (after line 29), at the end of section 577E, add:

             (7)  The Minister must cause a copy of an instrument under subsection (1B) to be published on the Department’s website.

             (8)  An instrument under subsection (1B) is not a legislative instrument .

(16)    AG (14) [Sheet 7006]

Schedule 1, item 30, page 44 (after line 21), after subsection 577F(3), insert:

          (3A)  In deciding whether to accept the variation, the ACCC must have regard to:

                     (a)  the matters (if any) set out in an instrument in force under subsection (3B); and

                     (b)  such other matters (if any) as the ACCC considers relevant.

          (3B)  The Minister may, by writing, set out matters for the purposes of paragraph (3A)(a).

          (3C)  Before making or varying an instrument under subsection (3B), the Minister must:

                     (a)  cause to be published on the Department’s website a notice:

                              (i)  setting out the draft instrument or variation; and

                             (ii)  inviting persons to make submissions to the Minister about the draft instrument or variation within 14 days after the notice is published; and

                     (b)  consider any submissions received within the 14-day period mentioned in paragraph (a).

(17)    AG (15) [Sheet 7006]/ Xenophon (13) [Sheet 7005 Revised]

Schedule 1, item 30, page 44 (after line 24), at the end of section 577F, add:

             (6)  The Minister must cause a copy of an instrument under subsection (3B) to be published on the Department’s website.

             (7)  An instrument under subsection (3B) is not a legislative instrument .

(18)    Xenophon (16) [Sheet 7005 Revised] ( As amended by Govt )

          Schedule 1, item 31, page 59 (after line 7), at the end of clause 74, add:

             (2)  In determining the principle of equivalence covered by paragraph (1)(a), regard must be had to whether:

                     (a)  the terms and conditions relating to price or a method of ascertaining price; and

                     (b)  other terms and conditions;

on which Telstra supplies regulated services to its wholesale customers are no less favourable than the terms and conditions on which Telstra supplies those services to its retail business units.

             (3)  Subclause (2) does not limit the matters to which regard may be had.

             (4)  To avoid doubt, this clause does not affect the meaning of anything in Part 33.



 

(19)    Xenophon (18) [Sheet 7005 Revised]

          Schedule 1, item 31, page 59 (after line 21), after subclause 75(4), insert:

          (4A)  Before making or varying a functional separation requirements determination, the Minister must:

                     (a)  cause to be published on the Department’s website a notice:

                              (i)  setting out the determination or variation; and

                             (ii)  inviting persons to make submissions to the Minister about the determination or variation within 14 days after the notice is published; and

                     (b)  give the ACCC a copy of the notice; and

                     (c)  consider any submissions received within the 14-day period mentioned in paragraph (a); and

                     (d)  ask the ACCC to give advice to the Minister, within 28 days after the publication of the notice, about the determination or variation; and

                     (e)  have regard to any advice given by the ACCC.

          (4B)  Subclause (4A) does not, by implication, prevent the Minister from asking the ACCC to give the Minister additional advice about a matter arising under this clause.

(20)    Xenophon (20) [Sheet 7005 Revised]

          Schedule 1, page 83 (after line 8), after item 64, insert:

64A  Section 104

After:

•      The ACMA may be directed by the Minister to monitor, and report on, specified matters relating to the performance of carriers and carriage service providers.

insert:

•      The ACCC is to monitor, and report each financial year to the Minister on, breaches by Telstra of an undertaking about structural separation.

64B  At the end of Part 5

Add:

105C   Monitoring of breaches by Telstra of an undertaking about structural separation

Monitoring

             (1)  The ACCC must monitor, and report each financial year to the Minister on, breaches by Telstra of an undertaking in force under section 577A.

Report

             (2)  The ACCC must give a report under subsection (1) to the Minister as soon as practicable after the end of the financial year concerned.

             (3)  The Minister must cause a copy of a report under subsection (1) to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after receiving the report.



 

(21)    AG (20) [Sheet 7006]

Schedule 1, page 155 (after line 15), after item 195, insert:

195A  After section 152EO

Insert:

152EOA   Review of operation of this Part

             (1)  Before 30 June 2014, the Minister must cause to be conducted a review of the operation of:

                     (a)  this Part; and

                     (b)  the remaining provisions of this Act so far as they relate to this Part.

             (2)  A review under subsection (1) must make provision for public consultation.

             (3)  The Minister must cause to be prepared a report of a review under subsection (1).

             (4)  The Minister must cause copies of the report to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the completion of the preparation of the report.

(22)    AG (21) [Sheet 7006]

Schedule 1, page 168 (after line 15), after item 216, insert:

216A  Subparagraph 6(1)(b)(i)

Omit “has a hearing impairment”, substitute “is deaf or has a hearing and/or speech impairment”.

216B  Subparagraph 6(1)(b)(ii)

Omit “teletypewriter”, substitute “device that enables text-based communication”.

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary Laing

Clerk of the Senate

 

 

The Senate

26 November 2010