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COMPETITION AND CONSUMER ACT 2010 - SECT 44NB

Decision by the Commonwealth Minister

             (1)  On receiving a recommendation under section 44NA, the Commonwealth Minister must assess whether the access regime (including any proposed variations) is an effective access regime. He or she must do this in accordance with subsection 44N(2).

Note:          The Commonwealth Minister must publish his or her decision: see section 44NG.

             (2)  If the Commonwealth Minister is satisfied that it is, he or she must, by notice in writing, decide to extend the period for which the decision under section 44N is in force. The notice must specify the extension period.

             (3)  If the Commonwealth Minister is satisfied that it is not, he or she must, by notice in writing, decide not to extend the period for which the decision under section 44N is in force.

          (3A)  If the Commonwealth Minister does not publish under section 44NG his or her decision on a recommendation under section 44NA within the period starting at the start of the day the recommendation is received and ending at the end of 60 days after that day:

                     (a)  the Commonwealth Minister is taken, immediately after the end of that 60-day period:

                              (i)  to have made a decision under this section in accordance with the recommendation made by the Council under section 44NA; and

                             (ii)  to have published that decision under section 44NG; and

                     (b)  if the Council recommended that the Commonwealth Minister extend the period for which the decision under section 44N is in force--the extension period is taken to be the extension period recommended by the Council under subsection 44NA(5).

Multiple extensions

             (4)  The Commonwealth Minister may extend the period for which a decision is in force under section 44N more than once.



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