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AUSTRALIAN POSTAL CORPORATION AMENDMENT BILL 1994

Order of the day read for the further consideration of the bill in

committee of the whole.

In the committee

Consideration resumed of clause 11--and of the amendment moved by

Senator Ferguson (see entry no. 12)--

Debate ensued.

Question--That the amendment be agreed to--put and negatived.

Clause 11, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 12 and 13, taken together by leave, agreed to.

Clause 14--

Senator Ferguson moved the following amendment:

Clause 14, page 8, at end of proposed subsection 32A(2), add the

following word and paragraph:

"; and (d) specify that the rate reduction mentioned in subsection (1)

applies to interstate deliveries and to intrastate

deliveries".

Debate ensued.

Question--That the amendment be agreed to--put and negatived.

Clause 14 agreed to.

Clause 15 agreed to.

Clause 16 debated and agreed to.

Clauses 17 to 24, taken together by leave, agreed to.

Clause 25--

Senator Ferguson moved the following amendment:

Clause 25, page 13, lines 26 to 35, omit the clause, substitute the

following clause:

Termination of appointment

"25. Section 79 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting

subsections (5) and (6).".

Debate ensued.

Question--That the amendment be agreed to--put and negatived.

Clause 25 agreed to.

Clauses 26 to 28, taken together by leave, agreed to.

Clause 29--

On the motion of Senator Bourne the following amendment was debated and

agreed to:

Clause 29, page 27, after proposed subsection 90ZA(1), insert the

following subsection:

" "(1A) Australia Post must ensure that, before the article is

destroyed, the following information is recorded, to the extent to

which it is evident without unfastening or physically interfering with

the article's cover:

(a) the sender's name and address;

(b) the intended recipient's name and address;

(c) what the article contains.

"(1B) If the sender's name and address has been recorded, Australia

Post must, as soon as practicable after the article's destruction,

cause written notice to be given to the sender:

(a) advising of the article's destruction and the reasons for its

destruction; and

(b) stating the following information, if it has been recorded:

(i) the intended recipient's name and address;

(ii) what the article contained.

"(1C) If the sender's name and address has not been recorded but the

intended recipient's name and address has been recorded, Australia

Post must, as soon as practicable after the article's destruction,

cause written notice to be given to the intended recipient:

(a) advising of the article's destruction and the reasons for its

destruction; and

(b) stating what the article contained, if that information has been

recorded.".

Clause 29, as amended, agreed to.

On the motion of Senator Bourne the following amendment was debated and

agreed to:

After clause 9, page 4, insert the following clause:

Insertion of new Division

"9A. After Division 1 of Part 3 of the Principal Act the following

Division is inserted:

" "Division 1A--Performance standards and audits

Interpretation

"28B. In this Division:

"performance audit report" means a report under section 28D;

"prescribed performance standards" has the meaning given by subsection

28C(1).

Performance standards to be met by Australia Post

"28C.(1) The regulations may prescribe performance standards (the

"prescribed performance standards") to be met by Australia Post.

"(2) The prescribed performance standards must relate to:

(a) the frequency, speed or accuracy of mail delivery; or

(b) the availability or accessibility of:

(i) post-boxes or other mail lodgement points; or

(ii) offices of Australia Post or other places from which

Australia Post products or services may be purchased.

Auditor-General to report on compliance with prescribed performance

standards

"28D.(1) The Auditor-General must, in relation to the financial year

starting on 1 July 1994 and each later financial year, audit, and

report on, the extent to which, during the financial year, Australia

Post met the prescribed performance standards that were in force.

"(2) The audit must be conducted in accordance with the methodology

that the Auditor-General determines is consistent with prevailing

performance audit methodology, and a statement of the methodology used

in conducting the audit must be included in the report.

"(3) The Auditor-General may request Australia Post to supply

information that the Auditor-General considers is reasonably necessary

to perform the audit, and Australia Post must comply with the request.

"(4) The Auditor-General must give the report to the Minister on or

before 1 November in the next financial year.

"(5) The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be laid before

each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House

after its receipt by the Minister.

Service improvement plans

"28E.(1) If, in a performance audit report, the Auditor-General

reports that Australia Post has not met a prescribed performance

standard, Australia Post must prepare a service improvement plan to

ensure it meets that prescribed performance standard as soon as

practicable.

"(2) The service improvement plan must be given to the Minister on or

before 1 March in the financial year after the financial year to which

the performance audit report relates.

"(3) The Minister must cause a copy of the service improvement plan to

be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of

that House after its receipt by the Minister.'.".

Remainder of bill, taken as a whole by leave, agreed to.

Bill to be reported with amendments.

The Acting Deputy President (Senator Chapman) resumed the Chair and the

Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Colston) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary

Industries and Energy (Senator Sherry) the report from the committee was

adopted and the bill read a third time.