Bills Digest No. 84 2004–05
Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Bill
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(Numbering Charges) Amendment Bill 2004
Introduced: 2 December 2004
House: House of Representatives
Portfolio: Communications, Information Technology
and the Arts
At the same time as the
proposed Australian Communications and Media Authority is
This Bill is one of a package of ten bills
that merge the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian
Communications Authority into the proposed Australian
Communications and Media Authority.
Section 55 of the Constitution provides
Laws imposing taxation shall deal only with the
imposition of taxation, and any provision therein dealing with any
other matter shall be of no effect.
Laws imposing taxation, except laws imposing
duties of customs or of excise, shall deal with one subject of
taxation only; but laws imposing duties of customs shall deal with
duties of customs only, and laws imposing duties of excise shall
deal with duties of excise only.
As a charge may be regarded as a tax, this
Bill, which amends the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges)
Act 1997 to replace references to the Australian
Communications Authority (ACA) with references to the Australian
Communications and Media Authority, and provides for the continuing
effect of certain notices given to the ACA and certain
determinations made by the ACA, is required to be separate from the
Australian Communications and Media Authority Bill 2004.
For further background on this Bill, please
refer to Bills
Digest 2004 05 No. 78, on the Australian Communications and
Media Authority Bill 2004.
15 December 2004
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