This report was archived in September 2007 and has not been updated since May 2005. The report reviews the underlying policy issues pertinent to the Inquiry that looks into the merger of the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) and the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) aimed at establishing the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The Telecommunications Act 1997 did not deliver the outcomes envisaged and as a result, a review needs to be carried out. Structural separation between infrastructure and services is certainly an important factor, as discussed in separate reports, and increased regulatory power is the other key ingredient. The super regulator models from the UK and USA can be used as a guide to develop our own model. As suggested in my 2005 submission to the government, a Senate Commission could be set up to investigate this further.
2. Recommendations Senate Committee Report
4. Government Policies need to be reviewed
4.1 Regulations are based on government policies
4.2 Different regulatory models – same outcome
4.3 Monopolies to remain in place for the next decade
5. ACMA issues
5.1 Current regulatory regime is not focused
5.2 Self-regulatory regime only works for technical issues
5.3 Self-regulatory regime doesn’t work for commercial and political issues
6.1 Policy review is needed
6.2 Structural separation is already taking place
6.3 Super regulator is the only way forward
6.4 ACMA is a totally inappropriate regulatory structure
6.5 A powerful regulator needed to manage a powerful industry
6.6 We need to have the political will to make changes
6.7 Establish a committee to investigate a super regulator
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