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Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Television Switch-over) Bill 2008

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2008

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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BROADCASTING LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (DIGITAL TELEVISION SWITCH-OVER) B ILL 2008

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SCHEDULE OF THE AMENDMENTS MADE BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

(1)     Schedule 2, item 3A, page 4 (lines 14 to 17), omit the item.

(2)     Schedule 2, page 4 (before line 18), before item 4, insert:

3B  Clause 2 of Schedule 4

Insert:

quarter means a period of 3 months beginning on 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October of a year.

(3)     Schedule 2, item 4A, page 6 (line 1) to page 7 (line 12), omit the item.

(4)     Schedule 2, item 4B, page 7 (lines 13 to 28), omit the item.

(5)     Schedule 2, page 11 (after line 5), after item 12, insert:

12A  After clause 11 of Schedule 4

Insert:

11A   Quarterly reports

             (1)  The commercial television conversion scheme must require the ACMA to:

                     (a)  prepare a report for each quarter about the following matters:

                              (i)  the extent to which the objective in paragraph 6(3)(f) is being met for each licence area to which that paragraph applies;

                             (ii)  if that objective is not being met for a particular licence area—the steps that holders of commercial television broadcasting licences are taking to ensure that the objective will be met; and

                     (b)  publish the report on the ACMA’s website.

             (2)  Subclause (1) does not apply to a quarter that begins after the end of the simulcast period for the licence area concerned.

 

(6)     Schedule 2, page 11 (after line 30), after item 17, insert:

17A  After clause 25 of Schedule 4

Insert:

25A   Quarterly reports

             (1)  The national television conversion scheme must require the ACMA to:

                     (a)  prepare a report for each quarter about the following matters:

                              (i)  the extent to which the objective in paragraph 19(3)(f) is being met for each coverage area to which that paragraph applies;

                             (ii)  if that objective is not being met for a particular coverage area—the steps that the national broadcasters are taking to ensure that the objective will be met; and

                     (b)  publish the report on the ACMA’s website.

             (2)  Subclause (1) does not apply to a quarter that begins after the end of the simulcast period for the coverage area concerned.

(7)     Schedule 2, page 12 (after line 8), after item 20, insert:

 

20A  At the end of Schedule 4

Add:

Part 12 Ministerial reports

65   Ministerial reports—self-help re-transmission services and blackspots

             (1)  As soon as practicable after:

                     (a)  the 6-month period ending on 30 June 2009; and

                     (b)  each later 6-month period;

the Minister must cause to be prepared a report about:

                     (c)  progress in converting self-help television re-transmission services from analog mode to digital mode; and

                     (d)  the identification and rectification of blackspots in relation to the reception of:

                              (i)  commercial television broadcasting services; and

                             (ii)  national television broadcasting services;

                            in digital mode.

             (2)  The Minister must consult the ACMA in relation to the preparation of a report under subclause (1).

             (3)  The Minister must cause copies of a report under subclause (1) to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the completion of the report.

             (4)  In this clause:

self-help television re-transmission service means a television re-transmission service that:

                     (a)  is covered by subsection 212(1); and

                     (b)  is provided by a self-help provider (within the meaning of section 212A).

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                                                                                              I C HARRIS

                                                                      Clerk of the House of Representatives

 

 

House of Representatives

4 December 2008