Senate debates

Wednesday, 31 July 2019



4:11 pm

Photo of Sarah Hanson-YoungSarah Hanson-Young (SA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senator Griff, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released the final report in its Digital Platforms Inquiry, and

(ii) it has emphasised the importance of the public broadcasters and recommended stable and adequate funding "in recognition of their role in addressing the risk of under-provision of public interest journalism that generates broad benefits to society"; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) move from triennial to quinennial funding cycles for the public broadcasters,

(ii) fully restore the cuts to funding since 2014, and

(iii) guarantee a minimum level of funding across the quinennial cycles.

4:12 pm

Photo of Jonathon DuniamJonathon Duniam (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave not granted.

Photo of Katy GallagherKaty Gallagher (ACT, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Finance) Share this | | Hansard source

by leave—Labor will not be supporting this motion. We note the ACCC's findings and recommendation in relation to stable and adequate funding for the ABC. We are proposing a range of proposals to strengthen the independence of the ABC, and we will settle our position in accordance with usual caucus processes.

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (President) Share this | | Hansard source

The question is that general business notice of motion No. 70 be agreed to.