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Wednesday, 16 March 2005
Page: 40

Senator CHERRY (12:01 PM) —I move amendment (6) on sheet 4543:

(6)    Clause 20, page 17 (after line 21), at the end of the clause, add:

         (6)    At least one member must have a background in consumer advocacy and representation.

Again, this is an amendment endorsed by all members of the Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee. It is simply to require that at least one of the members of the ACMA has a background in consumer advocacy and representation. I believe this is very important, given the experience we have had with both the ABA and the ACA in terms of the organisation not giving sufficient priority to consumer issues. I think it is absolutely crucial that this issue should be addressed from day one.