TRANSCRIPT - Doorstop
– David Lipson
Parliament House, Canberra
E & OE
waiting for these media reforms for years, how close are we?
exciting time to be a Minister for Communications because there is the
opportunity to bring Australia’s media laws into the 21st Century,
to make sure that they reflect not the analogue world, but to capture and cater
for the world that we live in today.
Government has made clear, I’ve made clear, that the 75% reach rule and the ‘2
out of 3’ rule are redundant. The way people access media is changing and they
have options they are availing themselves of. So bit-by-bit, day-by-day, those
laws are being rendered redundant.
important as we look to reform media law that we make sure that we have good
local content protections in regional areas. We are currently going through the
internal processes of government and once those are concluded, we’ll have an
announcement about the detail.
When can we
expect to see the legislation?
working hard, we are going through the appropriate internal processes you have
in government. So not long to wait.
Will we see
these media reforms actually put in place before the election?
not to let the grass grow on media reform. So I would like to introduce
legislation to the Parliament as soon as is practical.
And the safe
guards for local content you mentioned. I know you probably can’t go into too
much detail but, will the Nationals get what they have been wanting?
regional Liberals and regional Nationals want the same thing. There’s an
incredible degree of unanimity amongst the Coalition Parties about what
constitutes good local protection. And I’m very very confident that we will
have a package that enjoys broad support.
contact: Justine Sywak | 0448 448 487 | Justine.Sywak@communications.gov.au