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BROADCASTING AND TELEVISION AMENDMENT (ELECTION BLACKOUT) BILL 1983

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Industry and Commerce (Senator Button)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Question-put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole and debated.

Senator Baume moved an amendment, viz: Pages 1 to 3, clause 3, leave out the clause, insert the following clause: Broadcasting or televising of political matter or controversial matter ''3. Section 116 of the Principal Act is amended- (a) by omitting sub-sections (4) and (4A); and

(b) by omitting sub-section (6) and substituting the following sub-section: '(6) In this section- ''election'' means an election of members, or of a member, of- (a) the Senate or the House of Representatives; or

(b) a House of the Parliament of a State;

''election matter'', in relation to an election, means matter of any of the following kinds: (a) matter commenting on, or soliciting votes for, a candidate at the election;

(b) matter commenting on, or advocating support of, a political party to which a candidate at the election belongs;

(c) matter commenting on, stating or indicating any of the matters being submitted to the electors at the election or any part of the policy of a candidate at the election or of the political party to which a candidate at the election belongs; or

(d) matter referring to a meeting held or to be held in connection with the election;

''election period'', in relation to an election, means the period that commences on the day on which the writ for the election is issued and ends at the close of the poll on the polling day for the election;

''licensee'' means the holder of a licence within the meaning of Part IIIB.'.''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out-put and negatived.

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Bill agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees ( Senator Haines) reported accordingly.

On the motion of Senator Button the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.