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It would be wrong to expect stability in any large and complex industry today. The Australian telecommunications industry is no exception and in the lead-up to 2017 there have been a number of government reviews and inquiries announced that are certain to add to the instability if the outcomes do not focus on the long-term interests of end users. Whilst stability may not be achievable in an industry that is dependent on rapidly changing technology, there are aspects of telecommunications competition policy that are broken and need to be fixed urgently. Now is not the time to take an axe to the telecommunications competition legislation, especially when the underlying causes of the instability are not being tackled. Mr Graham Shepherd, a leading member of the Telecommunications Association Board and the Journal Board for many years, has retired from the Telecommunications Association Board.