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Wednesday, 10 May 2000
Page: 16128

Mr McGAURAN (Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation) (9:56 AM) —I move:

That the bill be now read a second time.

The Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Amendment Bill 2000amends the Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998to reflect the new approach to defining datacasting services in the Broadcasting Services Act, and to clarify that the datacasting charge will not be imposed on a transmitter licence for current teletext services as long as they remain substantially the same as the services currently provided.

Some broadcasters currently provide teletext services which provide a number of text based information services to the viewing public. It is not appropriate to impose a new charge on these existing services, which have been in place for a number of years in their analog form. I present the explanatory memorandum.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stephen Smith) adjourned.