Wednesday, 7 February 2007
Questions without Notice
Australian Football League Television Broadcasts
Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. Can the minister explain why families like Senator Minchin’s or Senator Ellison’s will be forced to choose between paying $600 to watch Crows and Port Power matches live or keeping their children up to watch a replay starting at 10 pm on free to air? Will the government look at strengthening the anti-siphoning list to ensure that free-to-air coverage of major sports is maintained? It will apply to the Eagles and Dockers matches as well. Alternatively, will the government continue to allow broadcasters to exploit the protection given to them by the anti-siphoning list to extract additional revenue from pay TV by selling out sports fans?