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Saturday, 11 July 1998
Page: 5713

Senator ALLISON (8:49 PM) —We, too, will reluctantly support the splitting of this part of the bill. As I understood it, after some almost 12 months of negotiations the industry was happy with the consent clause that we had. I wonder what has changed in the last couple of weeks to alter that situation. As I understand it, we had a consent clause which had the agreement of the producers and the screenwriters. Is it possible to say how close we are to an agreement and what other intervening negotiations have taken place such that the government does not feel it can put this forward?