Telecoms inquiry likely to be delayed till Swain recovers

Progress on an inquiry into the telecommunications market may have to wait until April, with Communications, Commerce and Information Technology minister to-be Paul Swain still recovering from a near-fatal illness.

Progress on an inquiry into the telecommunications market may have to wait until April, with Communications, Commerce and Information Technology minister to-be Paul Swain still recovering from a near-fatal illness.

Swain admitted himself to hospital with a perforated bowel on December 20 and was gravely ill for some time. He is now expected to make a full recovery and is dealing with some matters from his hospital bed but may not be back at Parliament until April.

Swain told @IDG last year that he had hoped to have the inquiry in place by Christmas and reporting its conclusions mid-year. He said he had a number of individuals in mind for the inquiry team.

Swain was also keen to advance the ideas outlined in his Labour Online e-commerce strategy paper, including an e-commerce summit early this year and progress on new laws for the electronic era.

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