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Tuesday, 12 May 1987
Page: 3038


Mr SHARP(10.25) —The National Party opposes the cross-media ownership requirements in the Bill because we believe that, since we support the 43 per cent reach rule, there is no need for the cross-media ownership provision. We believe that the 43 per cent reach rule is eminently sensible and reasonable and represents the middle ground in this whole fiasco affecting the media in which we find ourselves today. The cross-media ownership provisions are a bureaucratic inclusion. They are unnecessary and impose regulation on business and society. For those sound and logical reasons, the National Party opposes the cross-media ownership provisions contained in the Bill.