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COMMUNICATIONS—AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION—AUDIO DESCRIPTION TRIAL

Senator Ludlam, also on behalf of Senator Siewert, amended general business notice of motion no. 1036 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) strong support and popularity has been expressed by the blind and visual impaired community for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) 13 week trial of audio description of scenes during television programs,

  (ii) that technical issues identified during the trial will be reported to the Minister by the ABC by the end of 2012, and

  (iii) the 5 November 2012 statement by the Minister indicating that the Government will work with all parties to address the technical difficulties towards establishing a permanent service; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) make the ABC report on the audio description trial public, and

   (ii) subject to the findings of the report, consider including funding for the audio description trial in the ABC triennial funding process.

Question put and passed.