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Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Convergence Review and Other Measures) Bill 2013


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Summary

Part of a package of six bills in relation to the media sector, the bill amends the: Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: provide that no additional commercial television broadcasting licences will be made available to enable a fourth commercial television network; impose an Australian content transmission quota on commercial television broadcasting licensees; enable Australian content sub-quotas to be satisfied by any transmission by a licensee; provide that one hour of a first release Australian drama program counts as two hours for the purposes of a transmission quota; enable the minister to direct the Australian Communications and Media Authority in relation to its program standards making powers; and remove the requirement for a review of content and captioning rules applicable to multi-channelled television broadcasting services; Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 to: include digital media services in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) charter; prohibit certain advertising on the ABC’s digital media services; and provide that the ABC or its prescribed companies are the only providers of Commonwealth-funded international broadcasting services; and Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 to: require the minister to have regard to the need to ensure that at least one of the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) non-executive directors is an Indigenous person; and include digital media services in SBS’s charter.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 14/03/13  
Second reading moved 14/03/13  
Second reading debate 19/03/13  
Second reading agreed to 19/03/13  
Consideration in detail debate 19/03/13  
Third reading agreed to 19/03/13  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 20/03/13  
Second reading moved 20/03/13  
Second reading debate 20/03/13  
Second reading agreed to 20/03/13  
Committee of the Whole debate 20/03/13  
Third reading agreed to 20/03/13  
     
Text of bill as passed both Houses 20/03/13  
Assent 30/03/13 Act no.: 29 - Year: 2013
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Non-Government
BANDT, Adam, MP

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  • Non-Government
TURNBULL, Malcolm, MP

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Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 7358]
LUDLAM, Sen Scott

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  • Independent [sheet 7373]
XENOPHON, Sen Nick

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  • Opposition [sheet 7372]
BIRMINGHAM, Sen Simon

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (14/03/2013): Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee; Committee report (20/03/2013)
  • Referred to Committee (14/03/2013): House Standing Infrastructure and Communications; Statement made discharging the committee's requirement to provide a report (18/03/2013)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees
  • An electronic version of this Act is available in ComLaw ( www.comlaw.gov.au )