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BROADCASTING LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 2) 2001

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—

Debate resumed by Mr Smith who moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House:

(1) notes the embarrassing failure of the Government's datacasting spectrum auction in May this year due to the Government's restrictive and unworkable genre-specific datacasting regime; and

(2) calls on the Government to state publicly whether it remains committed to the 1998 Parliamentary framework on digital television and datacasting; and

 (a) if the Government does not remain committed to the 1998 Parliamentary framework, to establish immediately a public process to ascertain the views of industry generally on the future of digital television and datacasting; or

(b) if the Government remains committed to the 1998 Parliamentary framework, to immediately announce the amendments it will propose
to its unworkable and restrictive genre-specific datacasting regime to enable a viable datacasting industry to emerge".

Debate continued.

Mr Mossfield addressing the House—