Has Conroy got the numbers for reforms?

Summary:Getting Senator Stephen Conroy's regulatory reform for the telecommunications industry through the parliament would need support from the Senate. On Twisted Wire we ring around to see which parties are supportive and which are against.

A couple of weeks ago Senator Stephen Conroy announced regulatory reform for the telecommunications industry. It encouraged Telstra to voluntarily structurally separate its wholesale and retail divisions, or be forced to functionally separate and relinquish their shares in Foxtel.

This would require changes to telecommunications legislation, so it is dependent on getting bills through parliament. Nick Minichin has made it clear the Opposition is not behind the reforms, so getting them through the Senate depends on the support of the Greens, independents and, perhaps, the Nationals.

So, has he got the numbers? On this week's Twisted Wire I do a ring around to see which parties are supportive and which are against. You'll hear from:

  • Senator Nick Xenophon, Independent senator for South Australia
  • Senator Scott Ludlum, the Australian Greens
  • Senator Barnaby Joyce, leader of the Nationals in the Senate

I've also been through the Twisted Wire archives to grab sound bites from Stephen Conroy, Nick Minichin and the Liberal party's newest member.

A transcript of this week's edition of Twisted Wire can be found on page two.

Topics: Government : AU, Mobility, Telcos


Phil Dobbie has a wealth of radio and business experience. He started his career in commercial radio in the UK and, since coming to Australia in 1991, has held senior marketing and management roles with Telstra, OzEmail, the British Tourist Authority and other telecommunications, media, travel and advertising businesses.

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