Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings Committee; Report
I present a report from the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings entitled Broadcasting of parliamentary proceedings: general principles and standing determinations. For the information of members I present the general principles for the radio broadcast of parliamentary proceedings by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. These general principles have been adopted by the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings and are being tabled in both chambers pursuant to the requirement to the parliamentary broadcasting act. The general principles set out in this report determine that the allocation of broadcast between the two chambers should be approximately equal, and that question time in the chamber not being broadcast live should be re-broadcast later that day. These general principles are essentially the same as those currently enforced and detailed in the back of the standing orders but have been written in a more contemporary style.
To come into force the general principles must be adopted by both chambers. I anticipate a motion to that end in the near future as part of a broader redrafting of the resolutions concerning the broadcasting of proceedings. The general principles are compiled by standing determinations which provide more detailed advice to the ABC for the radio broadcast.
I encourage members to look at the report and I thank the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings for drafting both the general principles and the standing determinations. I commend the report to the House.
In accordance with standing order 39(f) the report was made a parliamentary paper.