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Thursday, 17 November 1983
Page: 2911

Mr DUFFY (Minister for Communications)(8.14) —On behalf of the Government I move:

Clause 11, page 6, lines 7 and 8, omit 'section 18 for the transmission of that ', substitute 'paragraph 18 (1) (a) for the transmission of a'.

The reason for this amendment is that following further scrutiny of the Bill it has been determined that a minor amendment is necessary to clarify a point in the changes in the Australia Post monopoly provisions. Clause 11 on page 6 of the Bill as introduced refers to an exemption from the monopoly where the charge is greater than 10 times the highest applicable under section 18 of the Postal Services Act. Section 18 refers to a number of charges and it is necessary to make clear what is referred to as the standard letter charge. The amendment therefore substitutes paragraph 18 (1) (a) which refers to standard postal articles. Parliamentary Counsel has cleared the amendment and the matter is therefore purely and simply of a technical nature to clarify what was somewhat obscure in the Bill when it was originally drafted.

Amendment agreed to.