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Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Human Services (Senator Kim Carr)—That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Ludlam moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, add "but that the Senate calls on the Government to initiate an independent review to consider whether the Telecommunications Act 1997 and the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 continue to be effective in light of technological developments (including technological convergence), changes in the structure of communication industries and changing community perceptions and expectations about communication technologies, in particular, the review should consider:

  (a) whether the Acts continue to regulate effectively communication technologies and the individuals and organisations that supply communication technologies and communication services;

  (b) how these two Acts interact with each other and with other legislation;

  (c) the extent to which the activities regulated under the Acts should be regulated under general communications legislation or other legislation;

  (d) the roles and functions of the various bodies currently involved in the regulation of the telecommunications industry, including the Australian Communications and Media Authority, the Attorney-General's Department, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, and Communications Alliance; and

  (e) whether the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 should be amended to provide for the role of a public interest monitor".

Debate ensued.

At 6.50 pm: Debate was interrupted while Senator Xenophon was speaking.