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The order of the day having been read for the second reading—Jackie Kelly (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister) moved—That the Bill be now read a second time.


Jackie Kelly presented an explanatory memorandum to the Bill.

Mr Tanner moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "whilst not seeking to deny the Bill a second reading, the House condemns the Government for:

(1) continued fiddling with its disintegrating digital television regime without addressing the overall problems inherent in the regime;

(2) refusing to acknowledge that its digital television regime is failing, particularly with respect to the very poor consumer take up of digital receivers;

(3) creating confusion in the broadcasting sector by promoting multi channelling but not acting to enable it to occur;

(4) maintaining a failed datacasting strategy which has been completely rejected by the media sector; and

(5) granting $260 million in digital television conversion funding rebates to the regional television networks to cover the cost of digital conversion without entrenching guarantees that existing services such as regional news services would be maintained".

Debate continued.

Amendment negatived.

Question—That the Bill be now read a second time—put and passed—Bill read a second time.

Leave granted for third reading to be moved forthwith.

On the motion of Ms Worth (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing), the Bill was read a third time.