House debates

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Television Switch-over) Bill 2008

Consideration in Detail

10:31 pm

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the House) Share this | Hansard source

by leave—I move government amendments (1) to (7):

(1)    Schedule 2, item 3A, page 4 (lines 14 to 17), omit the item.

(2)    Schedule 2, page 4 (before line 18), before item 4, insert:

3B  Clause 2 of Schedule 4

Insert:

quarter means a period of 3 months beginning on 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October of a year.

(3)    Schedule 2, item 4A, page 6 (line 1) to page 7 (line 12), omit the item.

(4)    Schedule 2, item 4B, page 7 (lines 13 to 28), omit the item.

(5)    Schedule 2, page 11 (after line 5), after item 12, insert:

12A  After clause 11 of Schedule 4

Insert:

        (1)    The commercial television conversion scheme must require the ACMA to:

             (a)    prepare a report for each quarter about the following matters:

                   (i)    the extent to which the objective in paragraph 6(3)(f) is being met for each licence area to which that paragraph applies;

                  (ii)    if that objective is not being met for a particular licence area—the steps that holders of commercial television broadcasting licences are taking to ensure that the objective will be met; and

             (b)    publish the report on the ACMA’s website.

        (2)    Subclause (1) does not apply to a quarter that begins after the end of the simulcast period for the licence area concerned.

(6)   Schedule 2, page 11 (after line 30), after item 17, insert:

17A  After clause 25 of Schedule 4

Insert:

        (1)    The national television conversion scheme must require the ACMA to:

             (a)    prepare a report for each quarter about the following matters:

                   (i)    the extent to which the objective in paragraph 19(3)(f) is being met for each coverage area to which that paragraph applies;

                  (ii)    if that objective is not being met for a particular coverage area—the steps that the national broadcasters are taking to ensure that the objective will be met; and

             (b)    publish the report on the ACMA’s website.

        (2)    Subclause (1) does not apply to a quarter that begins after the end of the simulcast period for the coverage area concerned.

(7)    Schedule 2, page 12 (after line 8), after item 20, insert:

20A  At the end of Schedule 4

Add:

        (1)    As soon as practicable after:

             (a)    the 6-month period ending on 30 June 2009; and

             (b)    each later 6-month period;

the Minister must cause to be prepared a report about:

             (c)    progress in converting self-help television re-transmission services from analog mode to digital mode; and

             (d)    the identification and rectification of blackspots in relation to the reception of:

                   (i)    commercial television broadcasting services; and

                  (ii)    national television broadcasting services;

                      in digital mode.

        (2)    The Minister must consult the ACMA in relation to the preparation of a report under subclause (1).

        (3)    The Minister must cause copies of a report under subclause (1) to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the completion of the report.

        (4)    In this clause:

self-help television re-transmission service means a television re-transmission service that:

             (a)    is covered by subsection 212(1); and

             (b)    is provided by a self-help provider (within the meaning of section 212A).

I present a supplementary explanatory memorandum to the bill.

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