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COMMUNICATIONS—NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK—ORDER FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Senator Parry, at the request of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Minchin) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 421—

 (1) That the Senate notes that the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy) is in contempt of the Senate for his failure to comply with a Senate order of 4 February 2009 for the production of documents relating to the National Broadband Network (NBN) tender process.

 (2) That there be laid on the table by 6.50 pm on Wednesday, 13 May 2009:

  (a) the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's formal report on the NBN proposals to the NBN Panel of Experts; and

  (b) the final report provided to the Government from the NBN Panel of Experts on submissions to the NBN process.

 (3) That, if the Government continues to refuse to comply with the orders of the Senate for the provision of these documents, consideration of any bill relating to the Government's `new national broadband network' be postponed and made an order of the day for the next day of sitting after the documents described in paragraphs (2)(a) and (2)(b) are laid on the table.

Question put and passed.