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TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPETITION BILL 2002

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 Tanner who moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"whilst not denying the Bill a second reading, the House condemns the Government for its failure to foster a competitive telecommunications environment as evidenced by:

(1) inadequate competition in the Australian telecommunications sector with Telstra completely dominating industry revenue and profits;

(2) inadequate regulatory transparency of Telstra's wholesale and retail accounts which this Bill fails to adequately correct;

(3) rising prices in core telecommunications services such as phone line rental fees, mobile phone flag fall and messaging charges, and Internet access charges;

(4) inadequate competition in broadband services resulting from Telstra's domination of the core telecommunications network and its defensive, secretive and piecemeal approach to national broadband roll out; and

(5) inadequate consumer protection measures for consumers leading to rip offs such as massive unfair mobile phone contracts, poor complaint handling processes and dubious billing practices".

Debate continued.

It being 2 p.m., the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 101A, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.