Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016

Communications and the Arts
Originating house
House of Representatives
Not Proceeding
Parliament no

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Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: abolish the ‘75% audience reach rule’ which prohibits commercial television broadcasting licensees from controlling licences whose combined licence area populations exceed 75 per cent of the population of Australia; abolish the ‘2 out of 3 cross-media control rule’ which prohibits control over more than two out of three regulated media platforms in any one commercial radio licence area; and provide additional local programming obligations for regional commercial television broadcasting licensees.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 01 Sep 2016
Second reading moved 01 Sep 2016
Second reading debate 29 Nov 2016
Second reading debate 30 Nov 2016
Second reading agreed to 30 Nov 2016
Consideration in detail debate 30 Nov 2016
Third reading agreed to 30 Nov 2016
Introduced and read a first time 01 Dec 2016
Second reading moved 01 Dec 2016
Lapsed at end of Parliament 01 Jul 2019

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

House of representatives


Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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