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Support Digital Radio

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (16:17): I move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia's community broadcasters are a vital part of our media landscape and provide radio services that include specialist music, Indigenous media, multicultural and ethnic language programs, religious, educational and youth services, print disability reading services, and community access programs,

(ii) with funding support from the Federal Government, the 37 metropolitan-wide community radio stations in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth launched digital radio services in May 2011, and

(iii) in the 2012-13 Budget the Government allocated $2.2 million per annum for 4 years to support community digital radio services but this is a shortfall of $1.4 million per year for the minimum level of funding required to maintain transmission of all current services; and

(b) calls on the Government to commit the necessary funding for community broadcasters' digital radio services in the coming Budget.

Question negatived.


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