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Wednesday, 3 October 1984
Page: 1501

Mr DUFFY (Minister for Communications)(5.00) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

I foreshadowed this Bill in my second reading speech on the Broadcasting and Television Amendment Bill 1984. The purpose of the Bill is to require that the gross earnings of a person or organisation holding a licence for a commercial television station and the related supplementary television service be aggregated for the purposes of calculating the licence fee payable each year. The proposed amendments also cover the situation where a supplementary licence is held by a consortium of companies. In these cases the licence fee payable by each member of the consortium will be based on the aggregation of gross earnings of the member's commercial television station and its share of the gross earnings of the supplementary service. Each member's share of the gross earnings of the supplementary service will be determined by reference to the proportionate share of the profits of the supplementary service to which the member is entitled. The existing provisions of the Act which provide that the licence fees payable each year are based on the gross earnings in the immediately preceding year shall continue to apply. I commend the Bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Lloyd) adjourned.