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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 197


Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 20 November 2008:

(1)   Why are Aboriginal media and broadcasting organisations regulated under the Minister’s portfolio rather than the portfolio of the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

(2)   Has the Minister had representation from Aboriginal media and broadcasting organisations requesting to be brought within the portfolio of the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

(3)   Will the Minister investigate the return of Indigenous media organisations to the portfolio of the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy as soon as is practicably possible.


Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   All media and broadcasting organisations, including all Indigenous media organisations are regulated by the independent organisation, the Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA), which is in the portfolio of the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. The Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts administers funding to a range of Indigenous media and broadcasting organisations to achieve cultural outcomes.

(2)   The Minister has received representation from an Indigenous media organisation requesting that Indigenous Broadcasting programs be brought within the portfolio of the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

(3)   No.