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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 1693

Senator MACKLIN(6.26) —by leave-I move:

1. Page 2, paragraph 5 (a), line 6, leave out ''sub-section (2)'', insert '' from sub-section (2) 'print, publish or distribute, or cause, permit or' ''.

2. Page 2, paragraphs 5 (b) and (c), lines 7 to 11, leave out the paragraphs.

Amendment No. 2 is consequential on amendment No. 1, which is a standard amendment relating to section 161 (2) of the Act. As I made clear in my speech during the second reading debate, we are seeking to delete the words 'print, publish or distribute, or cause, permit or'. The case would then be that only the person who authorises the publication or distribution of an electoral advertisement which is untrue and deceptive would run into that prohibition. I rehearsed the reason for that partly in my speech during the second reading debate, but I refer to the majority report of the Joint Committee on Electoral Reform. Paragraph 2.36 makes the following point:

Legislative prescription of standards of political advertising is supported by the industry itself. In evidence Mr Patrick Auld, Executive Director, Media Council of Australia, told the Committee that . . .

Progress reported.