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Tuesday, 6 June 1989
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Senator POWELL(12.44) —On behalf of the Australian Democrats, I point out that we are not supporting these amendments on the basis of our support, at this point at least, for a continuation of the first phone monopoly. We understand the importance of the first phone monopoly to Telecom and in particular to the industry here in Australia. The Minister made a very brief reference. It is of concern to us that in this whole debate Telecom's local purchasing policy seems very much to have dropped off the agenda. Given our balance of payments problems, I would have thought that that would be an issue to which we ought to have been addressing ourselves more directly in this whole debate.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Giles) —Order! It being 12.45 p.m., under sessional order I put the question:

That the Temporary Chairman do now leave the Chair and report to the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Temporary Chairman having reported accordingly-

Sitting suspended from 12.45 to 2 p.m