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Tuesday, 26 November 1985
Page: 2222

Senator COONEY —I give notice that it is my intention on the next day of sitting to withdraw Business of the Senate, Notice of Motion No. 5, standing in my name for the next day of sitting, and notices of motion Nos 2 and 3, standing in my name for four sitting days after today, for the disallowance of Telecommunications (General) By-Laws amendments Nos 42, 43 and 44. Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

Senator COONEY —Over the past weeks, through correspondence and hearings with officials, the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances has been examining by-laws made by the Australian Telecommunications Commission. The by-laws conferred unreviewable administrative discretions on Telecom in connection with various decisions that could have financial significance to subscribers. The Committee has accepted Telecom's explanation that in amendment No. 44 review is not necessary. The Committee has also accepted Telecom's undertaking to provide for review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of discretions under amendment No. 43. Finally, the Committee has suggested the amendment of, and Telecom has agreed to amend, amendment No. 42 to specify full criteria for certain interconnect decisions and to provide for internal review of them. The Committee considers that the promised amendments arising from its scrutiny of these by-laws will result in protecting the rights of persons and the Committee thanks and commends Telecom for its co-operation.