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Deaf Australia National Conference call for papers


Deaf Australia has put out a call for papers for its 2nd major National Conference to be held in Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart, Tasmania, from 13 to 15 May next year.

In celebration of Deaf Australia's 25th Anniversary the conference theme will be inspired by the song ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’. It will focus on the growth and achievements of the Australian Deaf community and the "bigger things" to come.

There will be a “professional development day”, held on Sunday 15 May, covering material that is relevant to Deaf professionals, educators, Auslan teachers, and service providers.

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Multichannel Review legislation passed


Yesterday, 24 June, Parliament passed the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Television) Bill 2010 (Cth), to bring into law the recommendations of the Multichannel Review.

The Multichannel Review was conducted by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) to examine whether or not digital multichannels should be required to meet the Australian content and caption requirements of the main channels as analogue television services are progressively switched off.

The legislation means that digital multichannels will not be required to provide the same captioning requirements as on the main channels until 31 December 2012.

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DBCDE releases report on multichannels


On 3 June, Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, released the ‘Content and Access: The future of content standards and captioning requirements on digital television and multichannels: Report’.

The report is the culmination of the Multichannel Review which the Commonwealth Government undertook in anticipation of analogue switchoff. The Government has decided to delay the implementation of minimum captioning and Australian content requirements on digital multichannels until the last region has its analogue signal switched off (which must occur before 31 December 2013).

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