The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bill for a third time.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through to become law here. ) This means that the bill is now passed in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.
Background to the bill
- causing Telstra to be structurally or functionally separated in order to improve competition within the telecommunications markets
- reduce the susceptibility of the telecommunications access regime to deliberate delay and obstruction
- removing a technical impediment to the operation of the anti-competitive conduct regime applying to telecommunications markets
- making the universal service obligation (USO) and customer service guarantee (CSG) clearer and so more enforceable
- extending the obligation to provide priority assistance to those with life threatening conditions to service providers other than Telstra
- enabling breaches of civil penalty provisions - including some concerning the USO and the CSG - to be dealt with by the issue of infringement notices.(Read more about these changes in the bills digest (678 KB).)