Senate debates

Thursday, 24 March 2011

National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010; Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures — Access Arrangements) Bill 2011

In Committee

6:23 pm

Photo of Simon BirminghamSimon Birmingham (SA, Liberal Party, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray Darling Basin) Share this | Hansard source

I would have thought, Minister, having been in this place for as long as you have been, you would understand that when we stand here to debate bills before the parliament, what we are usually doing is changing something. That is usually what happens in this place when a bill is before us. That is usually what happens when an amendment is being debated; we are changing something. This is not some new revolution to anybody else. I am not sure why you are amazed that an amendment may seek to change something. That is the very nature of amending something. Yes, we are seeking to change something. We are seeking to change it because we want it to apply in a way that conforms with what you have been saying—that this is to be a wholesale only service. I will say it again: technology will change and adapt and there is a potential that in the future many more businesses may find it viable to take a layer 2 bitstream service and to apply it to their own needs.

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