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 3 POSTAL SERVICES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2003

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 Ms O'Byrne, viz.—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 expresses its concern with respect to:

(1) the Government's on-going agenda to deregulate Australia Post's services, which threatens Australia Post's longer term ability to provide all Australians with basic postal services, as evidenced by the proposals to legitimise the business practices of document exchanges and aggregation services in this Bill;

(2) the Government's proposal to transfer the monitoring role of Australia Post's services from the independent Auditor-General to the Australian Communications Authority; and

(3) the Government's failure thus far to implement a Postal Industry Ombudsman scheme as promised at the last election"—

Debate resumed.

Amendment negatived.

Question—put and passed—Bill read a second time.

Message from the Administrator

Message No. 212, 10 June 2003, from His Excellency the Administrator was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the Bill.

Leave granted for the question on the report to be put forthwith.

Question—That the Bill be reported to the House without amendment—put and passed.