Bills Digest No. 108   1997-98 National Transmission Network Sale (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1997


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Passage History

National Transmission Network Sale (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1997

Date Introduced: 30 October 1997
House: House of Representatives
Portfolio: Communications, the Information Economy and the Arts
Commencement: Royal Assent

Purpose

To make a small number of amendments to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983, the Radiocommunications Act 1992, and the Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 consequent upon the sale of the national transmission network.

Background

The reader is referred to the background to the Bills Digest prepared for the National Transmission Network Sale Bill 1997.

Main Provisions

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983

Item 5 of Schedule 1 provides the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) with the following additional powers:

  • the production, promotion and presentation of programs,
  • the transmission of programs

Item 6 repeals the technical services provisions of the Act.These provisions are out of date.

Item 7 provides a mechanism by which the Minister can direct the Australian Broadcasting Authority to conduct an investigation into the possible degradation of the quality of signal reception of a national broadcasting service.The Minister may give that direction where a person has complained about signal degradation and that complaint has not been adequately responded to within 60 days.

Item 8 adds an item to the list of matters which must be included in the ABC's annual report.The annual report will need to include any significant changes during the year in the transmission coverage, or transmission quality of national broadcasting services provided by the ABC.

Radio Communications Act 1992

At present, the Commonwealth, in its capacity as provider of transmission services, holds the national broadcasting service (NBS) licence under section 100 of the Radiocommunications Act to operate transmitters for the purpose of providing national broadcasting services.Following the sale of the national transmission network, the national broadcasters, rather than the network owners, will hold the licences under section 100.

Item 10 amends section 100 to provide that an NBS licence may only be held by the ABC, SBS or the Commonwealth.

Item 13 provides that an NBS licence cannot be transferred to any person other than the ABC, SBS or the Commonwealth.

Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991

Item 19 empowers the Minister to direct an investigation by the ABA of an alleged degradation of the quality of signal reception of a national broadcasting service in the same circumstances as under the Australian Broadcasting Act 1983 (Item 7 above).

Item 22 adds an item to the list of matters which must be included in the ABC's annual report.The annual report will need to include any significant changes during the year in the transmission coverage, or transmission quality of national broadcasting services provided by the SBS.

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18 November 1997
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