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Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Before Senate
Portfolio
Communications and the Arts

Summary

Introduced with the Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Bill 2017, the bill amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: abolish the ‘75% audience reach rule’, which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the Australian population; abolish the ‘2 out of 3 cross-media control rule’, which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees; amend measures relating to the anti-siphoning scheme and the anti-siphoning notice, including extending the automatic delisting period and removing the multi-channelling rule; abolish broadcasting licence fees, datacasting charges and apparatus licence fees paid by commercial broadcasters; provide for collection and assessment arrangements for the new transmitter licence tax; establish a transitional support payment scheme for certain commercial broadcasters; and require the Australian Communications and Media Authority to undertake a review by 1 July 2021.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 15/06/17  
Second reading moved 15/06/17  
Second reading debate 20/06/17  
Second reading debate 21/06/17  
Second reading agreed to 21/06/17  
Consideration in detail debate 21/06/17  
Third reading agreed to 21/06/17  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 22/06/17  
Second reading moved 22/06/17  
Second reading debate 22/06/17  
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Non-Government
ROWLAND, Michelle, MP

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Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 8171]
LUDLAM, Sen Scott

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  • Opposition [sheet 8174]
O'NEILL, Sen Deborah

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes