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16    Communications— Community radio

The Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (Senator Hinch), also on behalf of Senators Ludlam, Xenophon and Lambie, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 387—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       more than five million Australians listen to community radio in an average week,

                                    (ii)       the community radio audience comes from a diverse range of backgrounds and maintains a diverse range of interests,

                                  (iii)       community radio listeners are disproportionately more likely to identify as Indigenous, religious, LGBTIQ, from a culturally or linguistically-diverse background, or as living with a disability,

                                  (iv)       these interests are not adequately served by commercial radio, and

                                   (v)       the diverse range of voices that contribute to community radio are even more critical in a commercial environment, where diversity is impacted by increasingly consolidated media ownership structures; and

               (b)       calls on the Australian Government to:

                                     (i)       increase funding targeted for community digital radio, taking the Commonwealth contribution to $4.5 million per annum in 2018-19, and

                                    (ii)       commit to funding community radio at that level, indexed, on an ongoing basis.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath) and Senator Gallagher, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

The question was divided at the request of Senator Gallagher—

Question—That paragraph (a) be agreed to—put and passed.

Question—That paragraph (b) be agreed to—put and passed.