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4       Communications Legislation Amendment (Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund) Bill 2017

Order of the day read for the further consideration of the bill in committee of the whole.

 

 

 

In the committee

Consideration resumed of the bill.

Bill further debated.

Senator Hanson-Young moved the following amendments together by leave:

Schedule 1 , item 1 , page 3 (lines 18 and 19) , omit all the words from and including “ The Minister to and including “ ACMA. ”.

Schedule 1 , item 1 , page 4 (lines 4 and 5) , omit all the words from and including “ unless to the end of subsection 205ZH ( 2 ), substitute:

             unless:

                              (a)  the ACMA is satisfied that the person satisfies the criteria specified in section 205ZHA; and

                              (b)  the person is party to an agreement under subsection 205ZJ(2).

Schedule 1 , item 1 , page 4 (after line 10) , after section 205ZH , insert:

205ZHA   Grant criteria

             The following criteria are specified in relation to a person for the purposes of paragraph 205ZH(2)(a):

                              (a)  the person carries on a business that in the financial year commencing on 1 July 2016 had a turnover of between $300,000 and $30 million;

                              (b)  the primary activity of the business is journalism that investigates and explains, from an Australian perspective, public policy and issues of public interest or significance;

                               (c)  the primary activity of the business is carried on by individuals resident in Australia;

                              (d)  each senior manager of the person is resident in Australia;

                               (e)  either or both of the following apply:

                                                  (i)   the person is a member of the Australian Press Council;

                                                 (ii)   the person has in place a process for the making and handling of complaints made to the person in relation to the person’s business;

                               (f)  the person has in place a code of conduct, editorial guidelines or other framework directed at the provision of quality journalism;

                               (g)  the person does not receive financial assistance from, and does not carry on its business with regard to the interests of, any of the following:

                                                  (i)   a political party;

                                                 (ii)   a trade union;

                                                (iii)   a superannuation fund;

                                                (iv)   a financial institution;

                                                 (v)   a non-government organisation;

                                                (vi)   a policy lobby group.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES, 30

Senators—

Bartlett

Gallacher

McCarthy

Siewert*

Bernardi

Hanson-Young

McKim

Steele-John

Bilyk

Keneally

Moore

Sterle

Brown

Ketter

O’Neill

Storer

Carr

Kitching

Pratt

Urquhart

Chisholm

Lines

Rhiannon

Watt

Collins

Marshall

Rice

Whish-Wilson

Di Natale

McAllister

 

 

 

NOES, 31

Senators—

Anning

Fawcett*

Hume

Patrick

Birmingham

Fierravanti-Wells

Leyonhjelm

Payne

Brockman

Fifield

Martin

Reynolds

Bushby

Georgiou

McGrath

Ruston

Canavan

Gichuhi

McKenzie

Scullion

Cash

Griff

Molan

Stoker

Colbeck

Hanson

O’Sullivan

Williams

Duniam

Hinch

Paterson

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.

Bill agreed to and reported without amendment.

 

 

 

On the motion of the Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield) the report from the committee was adopted and the bill read a third time.