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Wednesday, 25 June 2003
Page: 12431


Senator KEMP (Minister for the Arts and Sport) (9:39 AM) —I will respond briefly to Senator Lees's comments. Let me say to you, Senator Lees, that the government is prepared to accept an amendment requiring metropolitan television broadcasters to broadcast a minimum amount of material of local significance as a means of ensuring that broadcasters in these markets also satisfy their audience's need for local news and information. The requirement for the ABA to impose a relevant licence condition will enable a proper investigation to be undertaken into the appropriate level of local content for those markets. The government would expect the ABA—and would express this view to the ABA—to take particular care in considering appropriate arrangements in capital city markets to ensure that local news obligations cannot be met simply by the broadcasting of sporting events involving teams representing those cities.