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CBAA's recent submissions and engagement with Governement

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 4th September 2020
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The CBAA continues to work with Government to secure increased support for the community broadcasting sector — now and for the future.

Following on from the CBAA’s and Braidwood FM's appearance at the Federal Government’s inquiry into “lessons to be learned in relation the Australian bushfire season 2019-20”, the CBAA has provided further evidence regarding the need for resilient and reliable broadcast services, especially in critical times like emergencies. An integral part of futureproofing the sector is ensuring the renewal of sector funding beyond June 2021, particularly for digital radio, which the CBAA continues to advocate for.

This week, the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements handed down their interim observations, where they recognised both the ABC and community radio as “trusted broadcaster(s) of emergency messages and warnings.” The full report is expected to be released in October.

And the CBAA has participated in consultation regarding the Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform and Modernisation) Bill – providing high-level comment on the Bill and any effects on community broadcasting.
 
Finally, First Nations Media Australia and CBAA made another joint submission regarding the ACCC’s News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code – the proposed laws aim to ensure Google and Facebook pay Australian news businesses for the content they use.

You can read all of our submissions via our Submission Page.

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