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Professional standards test

  (1)   The requirement in this subsection is met in relation to a news business if:

  (a)   every news source covered by subsection   (2):

  (i)   is subject to the rules of the Australian Press Council Standards of Practice or the Independent Media Council Code of Conduct; or

  (ii)   is subject to the rules of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice, the Commercial Radio Code of Practice or the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice; or

  (iii)   is subject to the rules of a code of practice mentioned in paragraph   8(1)(e) of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 or paragraph   10(1)(j) of the Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 ; or

  (iv)   is subject to internal editorial standards that are analogous to the rules mentioned in subparagraph   (i), (ii) or (iii) to the extent that they relate to the provision of quality journalism; or

  (v)   is subject to rules specified in the regulations that replace those mentioned in subparagraph   (i), (ii) or (iii); or

  (vi)   is subject to other rules specified in the regulations; and

  (b)   every news source covered by subsection   (2) has editorial independence from the subjects of its news coverage.

  (2)   This subsection covers a news source if it comprises, whether by itself or together with other news sources, the relevant news business.

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