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News Release

The Hon Daryl Williams, AM QC MP



16 June 1999





The Commonwealth’s progress in developing one of the key components of the legal arid regulatory framework for the on-line environment was outlined today at the Government Online conference in Canberra.


After I released an exposure draft of the Electronic Transactions Bill in January this year, my Department received more than 70 submissions from business, industry, government and professional organisations.


The submissions confirm that there is strong support for the draft Bill and its approach.


While minor changes are under consideration, it is evident from the public comments received that the Bill as a whole will be welcomed.


I intend to introduce the Electronic Transactions Bill into Parliament before the end of June.


The Bill will allow electronic communications to satisfy existing legal requirements for writing, signature, document production and the retention of documents, subject to certain minimum requirements.


The legislation will form the basis for a uniform national legislative scheme for electronic commerce which is being developed in consultation with the States and Territories through the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General.


I welcome the involvement of the States and Territories in this important reform initiative.


Media contact:  Nicholas Harford  (02)6277 7300



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