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Tuesday, 12 May 1987
Page: 3042

Mr DUFFY (Minister for Communications)(10.53) —On the question of the Administrative Review Council, which will make decisions on this matter, the Government does not wish to pre-empt its recommendations and accordingly no action has been taken at this stage on the matter raised by the honourable member for Goldstein (Mr Macphee) to make entries in the Associated Newspaper Register reviewable by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. It is proposed that the issue of review by the AAT of tribunal registered decisions will be referred to the ARC for consideration as part of the current study.

On the second matter raised by the honourable member, a person will be deemed to be in a position to exercise control of a newspaper if that person is the publisher of a newspaper or is in a position to control the company which publishes the newspaper. Control of a news- paper is defined to include control of the operations of the publisher in publishing the newspaper or control of the selection of provisions of material to be published in the newspaper. In relation to the radio matter, despite the views put by the honourable member for Goldstein, I do not think he would seriously suggest that there is not tremendous competition in radio and that is why monopoly in regional areas is in the cross-media rules instead of radio generally. I move:

That the question be now put.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Amendments negatived.

Remainder of Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.