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Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Page: 13477

Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the House and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport) (17:40): I am very pleased to thank members for their contributions to the debate. The Broadcasting Services Amendment (Review of Future Uses of Broadcasting Services Bands Spectrum) Bill 2011 provides for the conduct of a review of the possible uses of the last remaining channel of broadcasting spectrum, known as the sixth channel, by 1 January 2013. This is an important review and one that should be conducted after the convergence review has been completed in the first half of 2012. This is appropriate as the convergence review is examining the fundamental settings for broadcasting and media regulation and its recommendations may have a bearing on the future use of the sixth channel. For those reasons I commend the bill to the House.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.

Ordered that this bill be reported to the House without amendment.