Fake regulations, or an act of mercy to beleaguered broadcasters – either way, the game is over, for now.
The last stages of the forty year campaign to get rid of the quota system in Australian television started on November 16. As instructed by the government, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) released the proposed regulations for final comment by the public.
This is a legal requirement because the quota system is governed by regulation and not directly by parliament. But the government needs the regulations in place by 1 January 2021. That is because the current system is suspended until that date, ostensibly because of COVID.
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