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Thursday, 28 June 2001
Page: 25332

Senator BROWN (10:33 AM) —I oppose the motion. I believe that this is quite important legislation. We should not be debating it later today. We should be debating it after further consideration and, on this occasion, that means when we return after the winter sittings. The bill has quite important ramifications. I want to look more carefully at them and I want them debated more carefully, including the provision about sporting events. I would like a list from the government of sporting events that it thinks should be able to go to pay TV and taken off the general broadcasting television network to which most people have access. I would like to know what the government has in mind on that. For example, are we going to see Wimbledon and other events, as a result of this bill, taken off the general screens and into the pay TV domain without the possibility of public discussion about that. I am concerned about that and that is why I raised the objection.

Question resolved in the affirmative.