From ABC, May 3, 2007
DO NOT CALL REGISTER BEGINS TAKING NUMBERS
Australians fed up with phone calls from telemarketers can now add their phone numbers to a Federal Government register to stop unwanted calls.
Internet registration for the Do Not Call Register starts today, with companies banned from phoning people on the list from the end of the month.
Some groups, including charities, religious organisations and political parties will still be able to call those who have registered.
Communications Minister Helen Coonan expects Australians will want to register up to 1 million phone numbers in the first week.
"We've had a discussion paper out and have had an enormous response from people who are just absolutely fed up with getting unwanted, unsolicited telemarketing call," she said.
"We know that it is a significant number of people who are irritated and interrupted in their daily life by these calls."
Ms Coonan is warning telemarketers they face big penalties if they defy the new register.
"There'll be obviously a period of grace and then there can be a series of escalating penalties up to over $1 million, so we're really serious about getting after people who are pests, quite frankly, in contacting people when they don't want to be," she said.
The register can be found at www.donotcall.gov.au