Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Regular Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2005

Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Not Proceeding 
Parliament no
Responds to recommendations of the Regional Telecommunications Inquiry Report of 2002 by amending the:
Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
  to provide a framework for future, regular independent reviews and reports of the adequacy of regional telecommunications services;
Telecommunications Act 1997
  to clarify that any licence condition requiring Telstra to maintain a local presence in regional, rural or remote parts of Australia may empower the minister or the Australian Communications Authority to make decisions of an administrative character; and
Telstra Corporation Act 1991
  to require at least two directors of Telstra to have knowledge of or experience of rural or remote as well as regional areas of Australia. Also makes amendments to the
Telecommunications Act 1997
Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
  consequential on the establishment of the Australian Communications and Media Authority. 

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House of Representatives
10 Mar 2005Introduced and read a first time
10 Mar 2005Second reading moved
17 Mar 2005Second reading agreed to
17 Mar 2005Third reading agreed to
11 May 2005Introduced and read a first time
11 May 2005Second reading moved
20 Jun 2005Second reading debate
23 Jun 2005Second reading agreed to
23 Jun 2005Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 14 Opposition agreed to
23 Jun 2005Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
09 Aug 2005Message from Senate reported
17 Oct 2007Lapsed at dissolution

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