Submission to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy responding the Convergence Review Committee’s Interim Report
Submission prepared by Lynn Gailey.
The Music Council reiterates positions outlined in its earlier submissions and argues that in any review of broadcasting policy, the public interest must take precedence. The Music Council observed that policy for broadcasting and broadcasting-like services must balance cultural and social objectives along with fostering competition and diversity. Economic considerations need to be seen as embedded within culture and not the reverse.
In developing a new policy framework the levers available to government within the constraints imposed by the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement should be retained if not immediately given effect with measures available for broadcasting implemented and broadcasting-like services regularly reviewed as successful business models emerge. Competition should be encouraged within spectrum constraints and digital radio rolled out to regional areas.
The Music Council supports increased government subsidy only where market failure (rather than failing business models) can be demonstrated.