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Communications Legislation Amendment (Enforcement Powers) Bill 2006

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2004-2005-2006

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

Communications Legislation Amendment (Enforcement Powers) Bill 2006

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, item 48, page 25 (line 10), after “136E”, insert “or subclause 49(3) of Schedule 6”.

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(2)     Schedule 1, item 48, page 25 (line 15), after “136E”, insert “or subclause 49(3) of Schedule 6”.

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(3)     Schedule 1, item 50, page 32 (line 5), at the end of paragraph 215(1)(b), add “or”.

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(4)     Schedule 1, item 50, page 32 (after line 5), after paragraph 215(1)(b), insert:

                     (c)  Part 8 of Schedule 6;

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(5)     Schedule 1, item 50, page 32 (line 25), at the end of paragraph 215(5)(b), add “or”.

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(6)     Schedule 1, item 50, page 32 (after line 25), after paragraph 215(5)(b), insert:

                     (c)  Part 8 of Schedule 6;

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(7)     Schedule 1, page 32 (after line 31), after item 50, insert:

50A  After paragraph 9(1)(a) of Schedule 6

Insert:

                    (aa)  a breach of a civil penalty provision occurring; or

50B  At the end of subclause 9(2) of Schedule 6

Add:

             ; and (f)  whether a civil penalty order has been made against:

                              (i)  the first-mentioned person; or

                             (ii)  a person referred to in paragraph (c) or (d).

50C  At the end of clause 49 of Schedule 6 (before the notes)

Add:

             (3)  A person must not provide a datacasting service if the person does not have a datacasting licence to provide that service.

             (4)  Subclause (3) is a civil penalty provision.

             (5)  A person who contravenes subclause (3) commits a separate contravention of that subclause in respect of each day (including a day of the making of a relevant civil penalty order or any subsequent day) during which the contravention continues.

50D  Clause 50 of Schedule 6

Repeal the clause, substitute:

50   Remedial directions—unlicensed datacasting services

             (1)  If the ACMA is satisfied that a person has breached, or is breaching, subclause 49(3), the ACMA may, by written notice given to the person, direct the person to take action directed towards ensuring that the person does not breach that subclause, or is unlikely to breach that subclause, in the future.

Note 1:       For exemptions for broadcasters, see clause 51.

Note 2:       For exemptions for designated teletext services, see clause 51A.

Offence

             (2)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person has been given a notice under subclause (1); and

                     (b)  the person engages in conduct; and

                     (c)  the person’s conduct contravenes a requirement in the notice.

Penalty:  20,000 penalty units.

             (3)  A person who contravenes subclause (2) commits a separate offence in respect of each day (including a day of a conviction for the offence or any subsequent day) during which the contravention continues.

Civil penalty

             (4)  A person must comply with a notice under subclause (1).

             (5)  Subclause (4) is a civil penalty provision.

             (6)  A person who contravenes subclause (4) commits a separate contravention of that subclause in respect of each day (including a day of the making of a relevant civil penalty order or any subsequent day) during which the contravention continues.

Definition

             (7)  In this clause:

engage in conduct means:

                     (a)  do an act; or

                     (b)  omit to perform an act.

50E  After clause 52 of Schedule 6

Insert:

52A   Civil penalty provision relating to breach of conditions of datacasting licences

             (1)  A datacasting licensee must not breach a condition of the licence set out in clause 14, 16, 21 or 24.

             (2)  Subclause (1) is a civil penalty provision.

             (3)  A person who contravenes subclause (1) commits a separate contravention of that subclause in respect of each day (including a day of the making of a relevant civil penalty order or any subsequent day) during which the contravention continues.

50F  At the end of clause 53 of Schedule 6

Add:

             (6)  A person must comply with a notice under subclause (1).

             (7)  Subclause (6) is a civil penalty provision.

             (8)  A person who contravenes subclause (6) commits a separate contravention of that subclause in respect of each day (including a day of the making of a relevant civil penalty order or any subsequent day) during which the contravention continues.

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