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Wednesday, 25 May 1983
Page: 844


Senator WALTERS(10.13) —I must answer the comments made by Senator Button a few minutes ago when he said that the situation with regard to the British Broadcasting Corporation is totally different because it covers both commercial stations and the BBC whereas this situation covers only the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The situation here is that the commercial stations have to defend their licences each year which the ABC does not have to do. As a consequence, there is that difference.


Senator Button —Thank you very much, Senator!


Senator WALTERS —The honourable senator chose to ignore the situation. I felt that it needed clarifying. Mr Howard of the BBC was very critical of the original Bill brought forward by the previous Government but not of the subsequent Bill which was altered considerably. Because Senator Chipp showed some interest in Senator Button's statement, I ask Senator Button whether the British Government appoints the complaints commissioner for the BBC who, we are all well aware, encompasses the commercial stations.