House of Representatives passes Telstra separation bill

17 Nov 2010

Draft legislation which could pre-empt the structural separation of Australian fixed line incumbent Telstra has been passed by the lower house of parliament, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The proposals passed despite opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull putting forward several amendments, including a push for the agreement between Telstra and NBN Co, the public private partnership set up to oversee the construction of the National Broadband Network (NBN), to be subject to the Competition and Consumer Act under existing competition laws. Despite the proposed amendments the politician did, however, claim that the opposition supported the separation of Telstra in principle. Nonetheless, with all opposition revisions voted down, the legislative proposals, known as The Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2010, will now go before the Senate, where the government will require the support of Australian Greens and two independent senators for it be passed into law.

Australia, NBN Co, Telstra (incl. Belong)