World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Australian Senate to debate Telstra legislation

Senate set to debate Telstra legislation

The Government will tomorrow introduce the legislation relating to the full sale of Telstra, the Manager for Government Business in the Senate, Senator Chris Ellison, said today.

Senator Ellison said Senate debate on the legislation would start tomorrow and continue Thursday. It would then be referred to the Senate Committee which will table its report on Monday 12 September when debate will continue, he said.

“Any suggestion that the Telstra legislation should be held up in the Committee process for longer than this ignores the fact that the issues surrounding the full sale of Telstra had already undergone intense parliamentary and public scrutiny,” Senator Ellison said.

“Over recent years a total of four exhaustive telecommunications inquiries and 11 inquiries with reports into telecommunications had been conducted by the Senate, including two separate inquiries into previous Senate Telstra sale bills.

“That’s not to mention the other major public inquiries into telecommunications including the Besley and Estens reports.”

Senator Ellison said the previous Labor government had given only two days to examine major broadcasting law changes, four days for health and community services reforms, five days to probe laws to restructure the Commonwealth Bank and seven days to look at native title legislation.

In addition, those bills never faced the extensive scrutiny that the sale of Telstra had undergone, he said.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>


Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>


Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>


Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>



Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC