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Monday, 4 May 1987
Page: 2208


Senator VIGOR —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes the failure thus far of the Federal Treasurer (Mr Keating) to respond to a Question without Notice relating to foreign ownership of the media, asked without notice on 23 February 1987;

(b) regrets the Federal Government's apparent uncertainty about the operation of the foreign ownership guidelines in the light of the Herald and Weekly Times takeover;

(c) urges the Government not to take further steps along its preferred path of concentrating media influence among a handful of powerful proprietors; and

(d) acknowledges that there is a clear need for a Parliamentary inquiry in 1987 into all aspects of media ownership and control.