ANRA was pleased to note that the Minister for Finance, the Hon Mathias Cormann, recently wrote to regional MPs advising them of changes to the Regulations covering approved expenditure under their office expenses allowances.
Under the changes, Federal MPs representing a rural or provincial electorate will now be allowed to use up to one third their office expenses to communicate with constituents using community, commercial and/or open narrowcasting radio.
EXTRACT from PAUL FLETCHER MP REPLY TO ANRA REQUEST
Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety & the Arts
Federal Member for Bradfield
Full reply can be sort from ANRA on request.
In his reply to ANRA, the Minister acknowledged that the broader media industry (including narrowcasters) was already facing challenging market conditions, and that the sharp downturn in advertising revenue due to the Covid-19 pandemic had exacerbated these challenges.
He encouraged ANRA me