Thursday, 27 June 2013
Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings Committee; Report
On behalf of the President, I present the report of the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings on general principles and standing determinations. With the concurrence of the Senate, I would like to incorporate a statement in Hansard on behalf the President.
The statement read as follows—
Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings: General Principles and Standing
For the information of Senators I present the General Principles for the radio broadcasting 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 Houses, pursuant to the requirements of the Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Act.
The General Principles set out in this report determine that the allocation of broadcasts between the two Houses should be approximately equal and that Question Time in the House not being broadcast live should be rebroadcast later that day.
These General Principles are essentially the same as those currently in force and detailed at 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 Houses. I expect 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 complimented by Standing Determinations which provide more detailed advice to the ABC for the radio broadcasts.
I encourage Senators 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 Senate.