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Stopping pesky telemarketers.



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Margaret May

Federal Member for McPherson

STOPPING PESKY TELEMARKETERS Federal Member for McPherson Margaret May has assured McPherson residents that telemarketers will predominately be stopped in the future.

Margaret said: "Recently, legislation was introduced into the House to protect consumers from nuisance telemarketing calls.

"This is great news as these pesky callers have become increasingly intrusive, and pervasive.

"The legislation allows the creation of a Do Not Call Register which will apply to telemarketing calls made within Australia, as well as from overseas.

'If calls are made from overseas on behalf of an Australian company, the regulator of the Register, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, will have the power to pursue the local organisation that the telemarketer is calling on behalf of.

"For example if an overseas call centre is telemarketing on behalf of a company that has a presence in Australia, then action can be taken against the Australian company.

"Following the passage of the legislation, the Australian Communications and Media Authority will have responsibility for implementing the scheme and will need to finalise the details of how the scheme will work.

"The sorts of arrangements that need to be finalised are the development of IT systems, call centre staff to operate the Register and cost recovery arrangements.

"The Do Not Call register is expected to be up and running in 2007 and I have no doubt that McPherson residents will heave a sigh of relief when the brakes are applied to annoying telemarketers", Margaret said.

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13 June 2006