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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—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr Lee, viz.—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 resumed.

Mr Quick addressing the House—