Bills Digest no. 144 2006–07
Radio Licence Fees Amendment Bill 2007
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Licence Fees Amendment Bill 2007
28 March 2007
House: House of Representatives
Portfolio: Communications, Information Technology
and the Arts
On the day after the Act
receives Royal Assent
Licence Fees Amendment Bill 2007 complements the Broadcasting
Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio) Bill 2007 (the Digital Radio
Bill) which implements the government s policy for the introduction
of digital radio services in Australia (see: Bills
The Radio Licence Fees Amendment Bill seeks to
amend the Radio Licence Fees Act 1964 to ensure that all
revenue earned from analogue and digital radio
broadcasting services is counted for the purposes of calculating
the radio broadcasting licence fee.
The Explanatory Memorandum states that the
Radio Licence Fees Amendment Bill is likely to result in increased
revenue to the government from broadcasting licence fees, but it is
not possible to quantify the amount.(2)
Schedule 1 amends subsection
4(1) of the Radio Licence Fees Act 1964, to state:
After service , insert or services .
This amendment is related to amendments in the
Digital Radio Bill, which provide that a commercial radio
broadcasting licence will authorise the provision of more than one
service from digital radio start-up day .(3)
Bronwen Jaggers, Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital
Radio) Bill 2007,
Bills Digest No. 142, 2006-07,
Parliamentary Library, Canberra, 8 May 2007.
Explanatory Memorandum, p. 4.
Explanatory Memorandum, p. 91.
8 May 2007
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