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Governments all over the world are grappling with the issues raised by convergence between previously separate industries. The traditional barriers between industry sectors such as film, music, publishing, broadcast television and radio, telecommunications, computing, and services industries such as education and health are being eroded or restructured, and new industry boundaries are emerging.
In order to examine the implications of convergence for government policy, in June 1999 the Government announced it would be conducting a high-level strategic review that would be a comprehensive and authoritative analysis of the issues related to the convergence of technologies and markets in the telecommunications, information technology, broadcasting and media industries, and the wider economy, over the next five to ten years.
In late 1999 a comprehensive Issues Paper was released for public discussion, and submissions were called for and received from a variety of interested parties. The closing date for submissions was 20 December 1999. All these documents are available for browsing or download below.
The review was led by David Kennedy, who is also the General Manager of Strategy and Policy in NOIE.
The full Report of the Convergence Review was tabled in Parliament on 10 May 2000. It can be downloaded here.
(1) Before 1 January 2000, the Minister must cause to be conducted a review of the following matters:
(a) whether any amendments of laws of the Commonwealth should be made in order to deal with convergence between broadcasting services and other services;
Scope of the Review
The Review is to report on:
1) The scope and significance of convergence in the Australia economy, including:
a) trends in the international industry
environment and in associated demand markets, and their implications
2) International policies and developments designed to address convergence, including:
a) Legislative, institutional and
3) The implications of convergence for the achievement of Government policy objectives, including:
a) an analysis of options for the
achievement of long-term policy objectives in a convergence
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