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2004-2005-2006

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

Television Licence Fees Amendment Bill 2006

 

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, page 3 (after line 4), before item 1, insert:

1A  After section 2

Insert:

2A  Application—3 year moratorium

                   This Act does not apply to a HDTV multi-channelled commercial television broadcasting service or a SDTV multi-channelled commercial television broadcasting service until the later of:

                     (a)  3 years after the date on which that service is first broadcast; or

                     (b)  the date on which a report by ACMA is presented to both Houses of the Parliament which recommends that the licence fees commence in respect of that service.

[3 year moratorium on fees]

(Amendment (2) is an alternative to amendment (1))

(2)     Schedule 1, page 3 (after line 4), before item 1, insert:

1A  After section 2

Insert:

2A  Application—1 year moratorium

             (1)  This Act does not apply to a HDTV multi-channelled commercial television broadcasting service or a SDTV multi-channelled commercial television broadcasting service until the expiration of one year after the date on which that service is first broadcast.

             (2)  A licensee broadcasting a HDTV multi-channelled commercial television broadcasting service or a SDTV multi-channelled commercial television broadcasting service may apply to the ACMA for an exemption from payment of fees under this Act for up to three years after the date on which the service was first broadcast.

             (3)  An application under subsection (2) is to be forwarded with a written recommendation by ACMA to the Minister for consideration.

[1 year moratorium on fees]

(3)     Schedule 1, page 3 (after line 6), at the end of the bill, add:

2  After section 7

Insert:

7A  Review of the licence fees for non-core television broadcasting licences

             (1)  No later than 1 January 2011, the Minister must cause to be conducted a review of the licence fees payable in relation to:

                     (a)  a HDTV multi-channelled commercial television broadcasting service; or

                     (b)  a SDTV multi-channelled commercial television broadcasting service

being operated by a licensee.

             (2)  The following matters must be taken into account in conducting a review under subsection (1):

                     (a)  the financial viability of the services being offered on the digital terrestrial television platform; and

                     (b)  the take-up of digital television in the applicable licence area; and

                     (c)  any other relevant matters.

             (3)  The Minister must cause to be prepared a report of a review under subsection (1).

             (4)  The Minister must cause copies of the report to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after receiving the report.

[review of licence fees]