Role of the Committee

Role of the Committee

Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Act 1946

The Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Act 1946 requires the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to broadcast proceedings of the Senate and the House of Representatives, including joint sittings (s.4).

The Act appoints the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings to control broadcasting under the Act (s.5).

The Act provides for live broadcasting, directly from proceedings as they occur, and for rebroadcasting, from a sound recording of proceedings that occurred earlier.

Radio broadcast of proceedings

The primary role of the committee is to regulate the radio broadcast and rebroadcast of the proceedings of parliament.

There are different conditions for broadcasting and rebroadcasting.

In relation to live broadcasting, the committee must:

In relation to any joint sitting of the members of the Senate and of the House of Representatives, the committee must:

Rebroadcast of proceedings

In relation to rebroadcasting, the committee:

Televising proceedings

The committee has only a limited role in relation to the televising of proceedings of parliament. In relation to a joint sitting only, the committee:

Excerpts of proceedings

The committee has also adopted conditions for granting access to proceedings of the Senate and the House of Representatives for the purpose of recording and broadcasting excerpts - the conditions for excerpts.