Second Reading Speeches

Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2019

Communications and the Arts
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the:

Broadcasting Services Act 1992
to: remove duplicative requirements for licensees, publishers and controllers to notify the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) of certain changes in control of regulated media assets; remove requirements for certain television broadcasters to apply different classification standards for films when developing industry codes of practice; remove certain classification-related licence conditions on commercial television and community television broadcasting licensees and providers of open narrowcasting services; and amend two statutory publication requirements;
National Broadband Network Companies Act 2011
to permit an NBN corporation to supply non-communications goods to another person in certain circumstances;
Telecommunications Act 1997
to: correct a technical error in relation to the admissibility of certain evidence in court proceedings; remove the requirement for the ACMA to consult with an advisory committee before declaring a submarine cable protection zone; and remove the ability of NBN Co to issue and keep a register of statements that it will not be installing fibre in a new real estate development;
Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
to restore an inadvertently repealed provision clarifying that certain determinations of the minister are not legislative instruments;
Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Act 2017
to: increase the transitional support payment for Network Investments from $632 000 to $819 000; and provide for transitional arrangements;
Competition and Consumer Act 2010
Telecommunications Act 1997
to amend the statutory information collection powers of the ACMA and the ACCC;
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983
Broadcasting Services Act 1992
Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991
to make technical amendments; and
Telecommunications Act 1997
and three other Acts to enable the development of an industry-based scheme for the management of telephone numbering resources. Also repeals 53 Act spent and redundant Acts; and makes amendments to four Acts to make consequential amendments and repeal redundant provisions.

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