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Tuesday, 6 June 1989
Page: 3481

Senator ALSTON(9.49) —Austel can investigate only those matters in respect of which it has already received complaints. It can then decide, in effect, to abort the investigation by referring the matter to the Trade Practices Commission. That does not seem to cover the situation where those three areas, of supply or failure to supply telecommunications services or connecting or failing to connect customer premise equipment and cabling work, come to its attention other than as a result of complaints, and where it does conduct an investigation through to conclusion. In those situations, it would seem to me that clause 153 does not either entitle it or compel it to refer matters to the Trade Practices Commission.