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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Page: 7602

Senator CONROY (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) (12:02 PM) —In closing the debate on this motion, I thank all of those who have made a contribution. I thank the crossbenches for their indicated support and their willingness to move ahead with this bill, which represents part of the government’s historic reforms in this sector. Could I also indicate that I am pleased to support the notice of motion for a Senate inquiry into these commercial-in-confidence issues. I understand the concerns and the frustrations that senators have on this matter, so I look forward to the report coming back to the parliament in February.

We would hope and will seek to ensure that the resourcing of the committee is adequate to do its task. We have debated this for a couple of days now, so I am sure we would all like to just move on to the next stage, as Senator Ludlam indicated, and actually get down to the substance of this issue, which is a historic package to reform the telecommunications sector in this country, which is so desperately needed. I thank all those who have contributed.

Question put:

That the motion (Senator Conroy’s) be agreed to.