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TELECOMMUNICATIONS BILL 1996

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—

Debate resumed by Mr Lee who moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "whilst not declining to give the Bill a second reading, the House expresses its concern at the Government[quot ]s refusal to:

(1) maintain the 1 July 1997 cutoff for carriers[quot ] exemptions from State and Territory planning laws;

(2) ensure that rural and provincial customers benefit from local call price reductions;

(3) honour its election promise on ISDN connections for rural and provincial Australians; and

(4) honour the Prime Minister[quot ]s guarantee that no charge would be introduced for Directory Assistance".

Debate continued.

Paper: Mr Howard (Prime Minister), by indulgence, added to an answer given during question time today and presented the following paper:

Aboriginal health delivery area—Proposed appointment of Mrs G. Hollows by the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs—Legal advice
from Mr H. Burmester, Chief General Counsel, Attorney-General[quot ]s Department to the Attorney-General, 12 February 1997.

Debate continued.

Mr Filing addressing the House—