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Thursday, 29 May 1997
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Senator HARRADINE(9.38 a.m.) —I move:

At the end of the motion add:

No. 27   Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill 1996 [1997].

I point out that the bill was previously a non-controversial bill and was accepted all round as a non-controversial bill. I speak as a member of the relevant Senate committee. The Broadcasting Services Legislation Amendment Bill, which is item 27 on the Notice Paper , had been suggested as a non-controversial measure in, I think, the last sitting. I had seen it and had objected to it being a non-controversial bill. Everybody else said it was a non-controversial bill.


Senator Margetts —Not everyone. We didn't.


Senator HARRADINE —Not everyone?

Senator Margetts interjecting


Senator HARRADINE —No, this is a bill simply to allow the minister to direct the Australian Broadcasting Authority to conduct an inquiry into on-line services in Australia. The other bill that you are referring to is a different bill altogether. I am asking that that be placed on the list. Obviously, if any honourable senator has a problem with it subsequently and raises it with the whips, we would not proceed with it.