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Tuesday, 10 August 2004
Page: 25982


Senator NETTLE (1:29 PM) —I thank the minister for making it very clear that the government is satisfied with the level of local content that exists on Australian television and radio. He read out some other areas such as multichannelling and pay TV in which, if the United States agrees, there is a capacity for Australia to increase local content levels. But in television and in radio, our two main areas of media at the moment, there is not a requirement. This government may be satisfied with the level of local content that exists on television and radio at the moment. What if a future government wanted to increase local content on television or radio? The question Senator Brown asked is: what process exists under this trade agreement for a future government to increase local content on television or radio?