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     9   Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015 —SENATE’S AMENDMENT

The order of the day having been read for the consideration of the amendment made by the Senate—

Mr Fletcher (Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government) moved—That the amendment be disagreed to.

Debate ensued.


The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Kelly, in the Chair)—

AYES, 78

Mr Abbott

Mr Fletcher

Mr McCormack

Mr B. C. Scott

Mr Alexander

Ms Gambaro

Mr Macfarlane

Ms F. M. Scott

Mrs K. L. Andrews

Dr Gillespie

Mrs McNamara

Mr Simpkins

Mr K. J. Andrews

Mr Goodenough

Ms Marino

Dr Southcott

Mr Baldwin

Mrs Griggs

Mrs Markus

Dr Stone

Mr Billson

Mr Hartsuyker

Mr Matheson

Mrs Sudmalis

Mrs B. K. Bishop

Mr Hastie

Mr Nikolic

Mr Sukkar

Ms J. I. Bishop

Ms Henderson

Mr O’Dowd

Mr Taylor

Mr Briggs

Dr Hendy

Ms O’Dwyer

Mr Tehan

Mr Broad

Mr Hogan

Mr Pasin

Mr Truss

Mr Broadbent

Mr Howarth

Mr Pitt

Mr van Manen

Mr Brough

Mr Hutchinson

Mr Porter

Mr Varvaris

Mr Buchholz

Mr Irons

Mrs Prentice

Mr Whiteley*

Mr D. J. Chester

Mr E. T. Jones

Ms Price

Mrs Wicks

Mr Christensen

Mr Joyce

Mr Pyne

Mr Williams

Mr Cobb

Mr Keenan

Mr Ramsey

Mr Wilson

Mr Coleman

Mr Laming

Mr Robert

Mr Wood

Mr Coulton*

Ms M. L. Landry

Mr Wyatt Roy

Mr Wyatt

Mr Dutton

Mr C. A. Laundy

Mr Ruddock

Mr Zimmerman

Mr Entsch

Ms Ley



NOES, 49

Mr Albanese

Mr Conroy

Mr S. P. Jones

Ms Plibersek

Mr Bandt

Mr Danby

Ms King

Mr Ripoll

Mr Bowen

Mr Dreyfus

Dr Leigh

Ms Rishworth

Ms A. E. Burke

Mrs Elliot

Ms McGowan

Ms Rowland

Mr A. S. Burke

Ms Ellis

Ms MacTiernan

Ms Ryan*

Ms T. M. Butler

Mr Ferguson

Mr Marles

Mr Swan

Mr Byrne

Mr Fitzgibbon

Mr Mitchell

Mr Thistlethwaite

Dr Chalmers

Mr Giles

Mr Neumann

Mr Thomson

Mr Champion

Mr Gray

Mr O’Connor

Ms Vamvakinou

Ms L. M. Chesters

Ms Hall*

Ms O’Neil

Mr Watts

Mr Clare

Mr Hayes

Ms Owens

Mr Wilkie

Ms Claydon

Mr Husic

Mr Perrett

Mr Zappia

Ms Collins


* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Fletcher presented reasons, which were circulated, and are as follows:

Reasons of the House of Representatives for disagreeing to the amendment of the Senate

Senate Amendment (1)

The amendment proposes to insert a new section 98AA into the National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011 (NBN Companies Act). The proposed section would require the Board of NBN Co, within 60 days, to prepare, provide to the Minister and publish on its website a report setting out NBN Co’s financial and deployment forecasts for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2022. The Minister would be required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within five sitting days of receipt.

The amendment proposed is not related to the matters dealt with by the Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015 (Bill). That Bill as introduced does not seek to amend the NBN Companies Act.  The amendment proposed to the Bill is in fact inconsistent with the underlying purpose of the Bill, being to streamline regulatory processes and reduce the compliance burden faced by the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors.

Accordingly, the House of Representatives does not accept this amendment.

On the motion of Mr Fletcher, the reasons were adopted.