Senate debates

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


Local Content Broadcasting

3:45 pm

Photo of Scott LudlamScott Ludlam (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia's community broadcasters are a vital part of Australia's increasingly concentrated media landscape, providing space for diverse voices not found in commercial media,

(ii) some 25 000 Australians volunteer at their community radio or television station each year, gaining critical commercial skills and experience that they would not be able to access elsewhere, and

(iii) the future of the sector has been called into question by the Minister for Communications' recent announcement that spectrum licensing to community stations will be cancelled at the end of 2015; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to:

(i) immediately commence a public consultation process regarding the future of Australia's community broadcasting sector, and

(ii) reconsider the decision to cancel spectrum allocation to the community broadcasting sector.

Photo of Stephen ParryStephen Parry (President) Share this | | Hansard source

The question is that notice of motion No. 462 standing in the name of Senator Ludlam be agreed to.