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A message from the House of Representatives was reported transmitting for the concurrence of the Senate the following bill:

 Message no. 270, dated 26 February 2009—A Bill for an Act to amend the Telecommunications Act 1997, and for related purposes.

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy) moved—That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.

Question put and passed.

Bill read a first time.

Senator Conroy moved—That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate resolved itself into committee for the consideration of the bill.

In the committee

Bill taken as a whole by leave.

Explanatory memorandum: Senator Conroy tabled a supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to the government amendments to be moved to the bill.

On the motion of Senator Conroy the following amendments, taken together by leave, were debated and agreed to:

 Schedule 1, item 2, page 4 (line 15), after "a person", insert "(the discloser)".

 Schedule 1, item 2, page 4 (lines 22 to 28), omit paragraph 285A(1)(c), substitute:

 (c) the emergency management person has given the discloser a written notice stating that the disclosure is for the purpose of the information, or the contents of the document, being later used or disclosed for either or both of the following:

 (i) for a purpose connected with persons being alerted to an emergency or a likely emergency;

 (ii) for the purpose of reasonable testing of whether, in the event of an emergency occurring, persons would be able to be alerted to that emergency.

 Schedule 1, item 2, page 4 (after line 28), after subsection 285A(1), insert:

  (1A) A notice given as mentioned in paragraph (1)(c) may cover one or more disclosures (including each disclosure in a series of disclosures under an arrangement between the discloser and the emergency management person).

  (1B) A notice given as mentioned in paragraph (1)(c) is not a legislative instrument.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill to be reported with amendments.

The Acting Deputy President (Senator Bishop) resumed the chair and the Temporary Chair of Committees reported accordingly.

On the motion of Senator Conroy the report from the committee was adopted and the bill read a third time.