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Question Without Notice No. 204 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 March 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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PERTH TRAIN STATION — SKY NEWS BROADCAST

204. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

Last year, I asked questions about the suitability of Sky News broadcasting at Perth's Public Transport Authority stations. It has come to my attention that Sky News broadcast the Facebook live stream of the horrific terrorist attack last Friday in New Zealand. I am aware that Sky News is broadcast at public transport stations and I am concerned about the effect of this broadcast on the public, so I would like the following clarified.

(1) Will the minister please advise which stations aired the broadcast showing the terrorist attack and how many people were able to view this content?

(2) Will the minister consider replacing Sky News with a more suitable and trusted outlet such as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information is provided on behalf of the Minister for Transport.

(1)–(2) Perth station is the only station with large digital format screens installed. These screens are used for advertising purposes under contract with APN Outdoor. News, sport and weather content is provided by Sky News between advertisements under a commercial arrangement between APN and Sky News. This content includes specific news stories that Sky News would prepare for various locations such as train stations and airport lounges but not the actual live broadcast of Sky News. APN has advised Transperth that to the best of its knowledge, no live streaming of the footage occurred on the news content provided to Perth station. The minister has asked the department to confirm this with Sky News.