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Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio) Bill 2008

Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Originating house
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Amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and Radiocommunications Act 1992 to: extend the deadline for commercial broadcasters to commence digital radio services in the mainland state capital cities to 1 July 2009; remove the requirement for digital radio services to commence in Hobart by the extended deadline; and retain the option for community radio stations to take up shares in joint venture companies that own digital radio transmission infrastructure.


Introduced and read a first time 17 Sep 2008
Second reading debate 16 Oct 2008
Second reading agreed to 16 Oct 2008
Third reading agreed to 16 Oct 2008
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 20 Oct 2008
Referred to Main Committee 21 Oct 2008
Second reading moved 22 Oct 2008
Second reading agreed to 23 Oct 2008
Reported from Main Committee 23 Oct 2008
Third reading agreed to 23 Oct 2008
Text of bill as passed both Houses 23 Oct 2008
  • Act no.: 114
  • Year: 2008
31 Oct 2008

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