14 August 2014
Green Party launches policy to require 100% captioning of TV
The Green Party today announced that building a more accessible and inclusive society for disabled people will be a social priority for this election.
The Green Party will:
1. Amend the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act to require targets for phasing in 100 percent captioning for Television New Zealand by 2017 (TV1 and TV2) and TV3 by 2020.Other broadcasters will have targets and timeframes set on a case by case basis. On demand TV will also be required to provide captions.
2. Improve employment outcomes for disabled people by increasing Job Support and Mainstream funding by $6.8 million and require the public sector to provide leadership in employing people with disabilities.
3. Support independence for disabled people by increasing access to home ownership and increasing funding for the Total Mobility scheme.