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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION BILL 1983

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Gietzelt)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Baume moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate is of the opinion that the Bill should not be proceeded with until- (a) the legal action against the Australian Broadcasting Commission instituted by the Premier of New South Wales is concluded; and

(b) an assurance is given by the Government: (i) that no action will be taken to alter the existing membership of the Commission until the Bill is again before the Parliament at the conclusion of those legal proceedings, and

(ii) that there will be no Government interference with the independence of the Australian Broadcasting Commission in its programming policy''.

Debate continued.

Senator Cook addressing the Chair

And it being 7 p.m.-