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   14   Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Bill 2017

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 Rowland, viz.— That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House: 

(1)        is of the opinion the internet tax proposed in this package of bills is a direct consequence of the Prime Minister deploying a second-rate NBN that:

(a)        costs more to deploy;

(b)        delivers slower speeds;

(c)        will cost more to maintain;

(d)        will require expensive upgrades in the future;

(e)        is more exposed to wireless competition; and

(f)         generates less revenue from those willing to pay;

(2)        notes the cost of the multi-technology mix increased from $29.5 billion to $41 billion in December 2013;

(3)        notes the cost of the multi-technology mix increased from $41 billion to $49 billion in August 2015;

(4)        notes taxpayers were forced to step in with a $19.5 billion loan after NBN Co failed to secure private debt funding;

(5)        notes that the Turnbull Government wants to give big business an $80 billion tax cut, as it seeks to introduce new internet taxes on households;

(6)        notes the Turnbull Government, in rejecting fibre, is creating a digital divide in Regional Australia; and

(7)        calls on the Government to stop punishing consumers and taxpayers for its NBN failures”—

Debate resumed.

Mr B. K. Mitchell, by leave, again addressed the House.

Debate continued.

Amendment negatived.

Question—That the bill be now read a second time—put and passed—bill read a second time.


Message from the Governor-General

Message No. 151, 21 June 2017, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the bill.

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.


Mr Fletcher (Minister for Urban Infrastructure) presented a supplementary explanatory memorandum to the bill.

On the motion of Mr Fletcher, by leave, Government amendments (1) to (13) were made together.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.

On the motion of Mr Fletcher, by leave, the bill was read a third time.