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senate vote 2010-11-25#12

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Description

  • The majority voted against [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2010-11-25.78.1 amendments] introduced by Liberal Senator [http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Ian_Macdonald&mpc=Senate&house=senate Ian Macdonald]. Those amendments were opposition amendments (1), (5), (6), (8), (9), (11), (12), (14), (15), (17), (24), (34), (36) to (40), (45) to (57), (64) and (65) and they related to spectrum and pay TV.(Read Senator Macdonald's explanation of the amendments and the associated debate [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2010-11-25.70.2 here], after 4:29 pm. )
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • This [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r4479 bill] was introduced following the lapse of the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r4212 Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2009] and relates to the regulation of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_protection consumer protection], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competition_law competition] and licensing in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications telecommunications] markets. While substantially the same as the earlier bill, it includes some additional provisions.
  • According to the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1011a/11bd045 bills digest], significant changes made by this bill include:
  • * improving the conditions for competition in telecommunications markets by requiring [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telstra Telstra] to be structurally or functionally separated
  • * making the telecommunications access regime less susceptible to deliberate delay and obstruction
  • * removing a technical impediment to the operation of the anti-competitive conduct regime applying to telecommunications markets
  • * clarifying the universal service obligation (USO) and customer service guarantee (CSG) to make it more enforceable
  • * extending the obligation to provide priority assistance to those with life threatening conditions to service providers other than Telstra, and
  • * enabling breaches of civil penalty provisions - including some concerning the USO and the CSG - to be dealt with by issuing infringement notices.(More information about the bill is available in its [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1011a/11bd045 bills digest].)
  • With these measures, the bill seeks to address the issues that result from the monopoly caused by Telstra's vertically and horizontally integrated telecommunications network.
  • The majority voted against [amendments](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2010-11-25.78.1) introduced by Liberal Senator [Ian Macdonald](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Ian_Macdonald&mpc=Senate&house=senate). Those amendments were opposition amendments (1), (5), (6), (8), (9), (11), (12), (14), (15), (17), (24), (34), (36) to (40), (45) to (57), (64) and (65) and they related to spectrum and pay TV.(Read Senator Macdonald's explanation of the amendments and the associated debate [here](http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2010-11-25.70.2), after 4:29 pm. )
  • _Background to the bill_
  • This [bill](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r4479) was introduced following the lapse of the [Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2009](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r4212) and relates to the regulation of [consumer protection](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_protection), [competition](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competition_law) and licensing in [telecommunications](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications) markets. While substantially the same as the earlier bill, it includes some additional provisions.
  • According to the [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1011a/11bd045), significant changes made by this bill include:
  • - improving the conditions for competition in telecommunications markets by requiring [Telstra](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telstra) to be structurally or functionally separated
  • - making the telecommunications access regime less susceptible to deliberate delay and obstruction
  • - removing a technical impediment to the operation of the anti-competitive conduct regime applying to telecommunications markets
  • - clarifying the universal service obligation (USO) and customer service guarantee (CSG) to make it more enforceable
  • - extending the obligation to provide priority assistance to those with life threatening conditions to service providers other than Telstra, and
  • - enabling breaches of civil penalty provisions - including some concerning the USO and the CSG - to be dealt with by issuing infringement notices.(More information about the bill is available in its [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1011a/11bd045).)
  • With these measures, the bill seeks to address the issues that result from the monopoly caused by Telstra's vertically and horizontally integrated telecommunications network.
senate vote 2010-11-25#12

Edited by system

on 2014-10-07 16:16:39

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Description

  • The majority voted against [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2010-11-25.78.1 amendments] introduced by Liberal Senator [http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Ian_Macdonald&mpc=Senate&house=senate Ian Macdonald]. Those amendments were opposition amendments (1), (5), (6), (8), (9), (11), (12), (14), (15), (17), (24), (34), (36) to (40), (45) to (57), (64) and (65) and they related to spectrum and pay TV.[1]
  • The majority voted against [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2010-11-25.78.1 amendments] introduced by Liberal Senator [http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Ian_Macdonald&mpc=Senate&house=senate Ian Macdonald]. Those amendments were opposition amendments (1), (5), (6), (8), (9), (11), (12), (14), (15), (17), (24), (34), (36) to (40), (45) to (57), (64) and (65) and they related to spectrum and pay TV.(Read Senator Macdonald's explanation of the amendments and the associated debate [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2010-11-25.70.2 here], after 4:29 pm. )
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • This [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r4479 bill] was introduced following the lapse of the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r4212 Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2009] and relates to the regulation of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_protection consumer protection], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competition_law competition] and licensing in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications telecommunications] markets. While substantially the same as the earlier bill, it includes some additional provisions.
  • According to the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1011a/11bd045 bills digest], significant changes made by this bill include:
  • * improving the conditions for competition in telecommunications markets by requiring [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telstra Telstra] to be structurally or functionally separated
  • * making the telecommunications access regime less susceptible to deliberate delay and obstruction
  • * removing a technical impediment to the operation of the anti-competitive conduct regime applying to telecommunications markets
  • * clarifying the universal service obligation (USO) and customer service guarantee (CSG) to make it more enforceable
  • * extending the obligation to provide priority assistance to those with life threatening conditions to service providers other than Telstra, and
  • * enabling breaches of civil penalty provisions - including some concerning the USO and the CSG - to be dealt with by issuing infringement notices.[2]
  • * enabling breaches of civil penalty provisions - including some concerning the USO and the CSG - to be dealt with by issuing infringement notices.(More information about the bill is available in its [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1011a/11bd045 bills digest].)
  • With these measures, the bill seeks to address the issues that result from the monopoly caused by Telstra's vertically and horizontally integrated telecommunications network.
  • ''References''
  • * [1] Read Senator Macdonald's explanation of the amendments and the associated debate [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2010-11-25.70.2 here], after 4:29 pm.
  • * [2] More information about the bill is available in its [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1011a/11bd045 bills digest].
senate vote 2010-11-25#12

Edited by mackay

on 2014-08-20 16:32:28

Title

  • Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2010 — In Committee
  • Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2010 — In Committee - Spectrum and pay TV

Description

  • <p>Consideration resumed.</p>
  • The majority voted against [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?gid=2010-11-25.78.1 amendments] introduced by Liberal Senator [http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Ian_Macdonald&mpc=Senate&house=senate Ian Macdonald]. Those amendments were opposition amendments (1), (5), (6), (8), (9), (11), (12), (14), (15), (17), (24), (34), (36) to (40), (45) to (57), (64) and (65) and they related to spectrum and pay TV.[1]
  • ''Background to the bill''
  • This [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r4479 bill] was introduced following the lapse of the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r4212 Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2009] and relates to the regulation of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_protection consumer protection], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competition_law competition] and licensing in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications telecommunications] markets. While substantially the same as the earlier bill, it includes some additional provisions.
  • According to the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1011a/11bd045 bills digest], significant changes made by this bill include:
  • * improving the conditions for competition in telecommunications markets by requiring [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telstra Telstra] to be structurally or functionally separated
  • * making the telecommunications access regime less susceptible to deliberate delay and obstruction
  • * removing a technical impediment to the operation of the anti-competitive conduct regime applying to telecommunications markets
  • * clarifying the universal service obligation (USO) and customer service guarantee (CSG) to make it more enforceable
  • * extending the obligation to provide priority assistance to those with life threatening conditions to service providers other than Telstra, and
  • * enabling breaches of civil penalty provisions - including some concerning the USO and the CSG - to be dealt with by issuing infringement notices.[2]
  • With these measures, the bill seeks to address the issues that result from the monopoly caused by Telstra's vertically and horizontally integrated telecommunications network.
  • ''References''
  • * [1] Read Senator Macdonald's explanation of the amendments and the associated debate [http://www.openaustralia.org/senate/?id=2010-11-25.70.2 here], after 4:29 pm.
  • * [2] More information about the bill is available in its [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1011a/11bd045 bills digest].
  • <p class="speaker">Nick Xenophon</p>
  • <p>Madam Chair, I am going to do something quite radical: I am going to talk for less than two minutes and I will be speaking directly to the opposition&#8217;s amendment. I do not support the opposition&#8217;s amendment. I believe there are sufficient safeguards in the government&#8217;s legislation to allow any decision made by the minister to be a disallowable instrument. It is important that you have a series of penalties, a combination of carrots and sticks if you like. The carrot is the $11 billion or so that Telstra will receive if it structurally separates, but you need to have some sticks there to ensure compliance and to give the minister that discretion. The fact that it is a disallowable instrument has a requisite level of accountability for this parliament to scrutinise any decision made by the minister. It is an improvement on the earlier version of the bill. Therefore, I will continue to support the government&#8217;s position on this, not the opposition&#8217;s&#8212;and I have done it in less than two minutes.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Sue Boyce</p>
  • <p>The question is that the various amendments in schedule 1&#8212;being opposition amendments (1), (5), (6), (8), (9), (11), (12), (14), (15), (17), (24), (34), (36) to (40), (45) to (57), (64) and (65)&#8212;on sheet 7004 be agreed to.</p>