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Thursday, 12 October 2006
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Mr BILLSON (Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) (9:02 AM) —I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The Broadcasting Services Amendment (Collection of Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees) Bill 2006 amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to provide payment machinery and record-keeping obligations to support the administration of the Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees Bill 2006.

The Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees Bill 2006, which was also introduced today, will provide for the imposition of annual licence fees on channel A datacasting transmitter licence holders.

This bill—the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Collection of Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees) Bill 2006—will amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to ensure compliance by the channel A licence holder with licence fee payment obligations and appropriate record keeping in relation to these licence fees. These obligations will be similar to those currently imposed on commercial television broadcasting licences under part 14A of the act. I commend the bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Gavan O’Connor) adjourned.