No delays to new telecoms legislation, according to comms minister

14 Oct 2009

Australia’s federal communications minister Stephen Conroy has said that there will be no delays to the introduction of new legislation that could force incumbent Telstra to structurally separate, Bloomberg reports. ‘We remain absolutely committed to debating and passing this legislation before the end of this year…There is no justification for delaying these fundamental reforms,’ the minister said in e-mailed speech notes. The revelation comes less than a week after Telstra announced it would not cooperate with the state’s plans to split the company as part of the implementation of the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment Bill 2009. Despite the minister’s recent statement it is understood that the government and Telstra are still in talks over the legislative plans.