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Tuesday, 6 June 1989
Page: 3457


Senator BOLKUS (Minister for Consumer Affairs)(5.52) —The Government, of course, opposes this amendment as it would restrict the scope of the carrier reserved services to public switched telephone services. As we announced in May 1988, the carriers are to be provided with continued regulatory protection of their monopolies in specific services, and the criterion we used in terms of which ones should be protected was essentially that the question had to be asked whether opening them to competition at this moment would impose excessive adjustment burdens on the carriers or on their customers. On the basis of those already stated policy objectives of the Government, we oppose the amendment of Senator Alston.

Amendment negatived.