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Thursday, 2 December 2004
Page: 11

Mr McGAURAN (Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs) (9:42 AM) —I move:

That the bill be now read a second time.

The Radio Licence Fees Amendment Bill 2004, which accompanies the Australian Communications and Media Authority Bill 2004, makes amendments to the Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 to replace existing references in that act to the Australian Broadcasting Authority or ABA with references to the Australian Communications and Media Authority or ACMA.

The bill also contains transitional provisions to provide for the continuing effect of directions about gross earnings of a commercial radio broadcasting licensee, which is relevant in calculating the licences fees under the act, made by the ABA under the act prior to the establishment of the Australian Communications and Media Authority. I commend the bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Bevis) adjourned.