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Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Communications and the Arts

Summary

Introduced with the Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Bill 2017, the bill amends: the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: abolish the ‘75% audience reach rule’, which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the Australian population; abolish the ‘2 out of 3 cross-media control rule’, which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees; and require the Australian Communications and Media Authority to undertake a review by 1 July 2021; the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Broadcasting Services (Events) Notice (No. 1) 2010 to amend measures relating to the anti-siphoning scheme and the anti-siphoning notice, including extending the automatic delisting period and removing the multi-channelling rule; and five Acts to provide for collection and assessment arrangements for the new transmitter licence tax. Also establishes a transitional support payment scheme for certain commercial broadcasters; and repeals the Broadcasting Services (Datacasting Charge) Regulations 2001, Datacasting Charge (Imposition) Act 1998, Datacasting Transmitter Licence Fees Act 2006, Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 and Television Licence Fees Act 1964 to abolish broadcasting licence fees, datacasting charges and apparatus licence fees paid by commercial broadcasters.

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 15/06/17  
Second reading moved 15/06/17  
Second reading debate 20/06/17  
Second reading debate 21/06/17  
Second reading agreed to 21/06/17  
Consideration in detail debate 21/06/17  
Third reading agreed to 21/06/17  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 22/06/17  
Second reading moved 22/06/17  
Second reading debate 22/06/17  
Second reading debate 11/09/17  
Second reading debate 12/09/17  
Second reading debate 13/09/17  
Committee of the Whole debate 13/09/17  
Committee of the Whole debate 14/09/17 Amendment details: 2 Nick Xenophon Team agreed to
Third reading agreed to 14/09/17  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 16/10/17 Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
     
Finally passed both Houses 16/10/17  
Assent 16/10/17 Act no: 113 - Year: 2017
     

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
ROWLAND, Michelle, MP

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Senate
  • Australian Conservatives [sheet 8253]
BERNARDI, Sen Cory

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 8265 revised]
HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 8266]
HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 8171]
LUDLAM, Sen Scott

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  • Nick Xenophon Team [sheet 8261]
XENOPHON, Sen Nick

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  • Opposition [sheet 8174]
O'NEILL, Sen Deborah

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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Notes
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)