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Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (International Broadcasting Services) Bill 2011

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2010-2011

 

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment

(International Broadcasting Services) Bill 2011

 

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

 

 

 

(Circulated by authority of Senator Ludlam)

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION AMENDMENT (INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING SERVICES) BILL 2011

 

 

Outline

 

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (International Broadcasting Services) Bill 2011 amends the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 (the Act) to provide that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (the ABC) is specified as the sole provider of Australia's publicly funded international broadcasting services.

 

 

NOTES ON CLAUSES

 

Clause 1 - Short Title

 

1.       This is a formal provision specifying the short title.

 

Clause 2 - Commencement

 

2.       The Bill's provisions are to commence the day it receives the Royal Assent.

 

Clause 3 - Schedules

 

3.       This clause provides that an Act that is specified in a Schedule is amended or repealed as set out in that Schedule, and any other item in a Schedule operates according to its terms.

 

 

Schedule 1 - Amendments of Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983

 

Item 1

 

4.       Item 1 amends section 6 of the Act providing for the functions of the ABC to reflect the intention of the substantive clause of the Bill that the ABC becomes the sole Commonwealth-funded provider of the broadcasting outside of Australia of news, current affairs and cultural enrichment.

 

Item 2

 

5.       Item 2 inserts a new clause 31AA into the Act to provide that the ABC is the sole provider of Commonwealth-funded international broadcasting services. It provides that the Commonwealth must not enter into a contract or agreement with another entity for the provision of international broadcasting services where the Commonwealth makes payments to that entity. Subclause (2) makes clear that the new clause does not prevent the Australian Communications and Media Authority from allocating international broadcasting licences pursuant to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992