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SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS BILL 1984 SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS (CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS) BILL 1984

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Social Security (Senator Grimes)-That these Bills be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Baume moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but in relation to the Satellite Communications (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1984 the Senate is of the opinion that companies formed, or participated in, by the Australian Telecommunications Commission and partnerships entered into by the Commission, should be subject to the same tax and dividend requirements, etc., as competing commercial companies''.

Debate continued.

Question- That the words proposed to be added be added-put and passed.

Main Question, as amended-put and passed.

Bills read a second time.

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

In the Committee

Ordered-That the Satellite Communications Bill 1984 be first considered.

SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS BILL 1984-

Clauses 1 to 7, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 8 read- Senator Baume moved an amendment, viz: Page 3, sub-clause (1), after paragraph (c), add the following new paragraphs: ''(d) of a commercial television service for people in remote communities and dwellings in Australia; and

(e) of a commercial broadcasting service for people in remote communities and dwellings in Australia.''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be added be added-put.

The Committee divided-

AYES, 23

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Carrick, Sir John Chaney Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hill Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Martin Messner Missen Rae, Peter Reid (Teller) Scott Teague Walters Withers

NOES, 31

Senators- Bolkus Button Childs Chipp Coates Coleman Colston Crowley Elstob Evans, Gareth Evans, Jack Foreman Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Harradine Hearn Jones McClelland McIntosh Macklin Maguire Mason Primmer Reynolds Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sibraa Walsh Zakharov

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Clause 8 agreed to.

On the motion of the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp) the following amendment was debated and agreed to: Page 3, after clause 8, insert the following new clause: Directors of Aussat ''8A. (1) In this section- 'Commissioner' means- (a) the Managing Director of the Commission; or

(b) another Commissioner holding office under section 22 of the Telecommunications Act 1975;

'prescribed person' means- (a) a Commissioner; or

(b) a person holding an office in the Service that is higher than any office in the Service held by a person who is principally responsible for the management of the affairs of the Commission in a State;

'Service' means the Australian Telecommunications Commission Service established by section 38 of the Telecommunications Act 1975.

''(2) At any time- (a) the Directors of Aussat shall not include more than 2 persons who are, or, within the period of 3 years immediately preceding their appointment, have been, prescribed persons; and

(b) at least three-quarters of the Directors of Aussat shall be persons other than persons who are, or, within that period, have been, prescribed persons.''.

Clauses 9 and 10, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 11 read- Senator Baume moved an amendment, viz: Page 3, lines 24 to 39, leave out the clause, insert the following new clause: ''11. (1) Shares in Aussat are not capable of being held by any person other than- (a) the Commonwealth;

(b) a person as trustee for the Commonwealth; or

(c) such non-statutory corporation, entity, or person as may be prescribed.

(2) Each share in Aussat shall be issued with the same rights and restrictions with regard to voting.

(3) No shares in Aussat can be sold or transferred unless a statement of the proposed sale or transfer has been laid before each House of the Parliament and the proposed sale or transfer has been approved by resolution of each House of the Parliament.

(4) Any issue, sale or transfer of shares, or any arrangement or agreement, that is contrary to this section is void and of no effect.''.

Debate ensued.

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

The Committee divided-

AYES, 23

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Carrick, Sir John Collard Crichton-Browne Hill Jessop Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Martin Messner Missen Rae, Peter Reid (Teller) Scott Teague Townley Walters Withers

NOES, 31

Senators- Bolkus Button Childs Chipp Coates Coleman Colston Crowley Elstob Evans, Gareth Evans, Jack Foreman Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Harradine Hearn Jones McClelland McIntosh Macklin Maguire Mason Primmer Reynolds Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sibraa Walsh Zakharov

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Clause 11 agreed to.

Clauses 12 to 16, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 17 read- Senator Baume, by leave, moved the following amendments together: Page 5, sub-clause (1), lines 18 and 19, leave out ''Aussat or an eligible person'', insert ''Aussat, an eligible person or an authorised user to the extent (if any) permitted by agreement entered into between Aussat and that authorised user''.

Page 5, sub-clause (3), lines 27 to 32, leave out the sub-clause, insert the following new sub-clause: ''(3) In this section- 'eligible person' means- (a) the Commission;

(b) the Australian Postal Commission; or

(c) the Overseas Telecommunications Commission;

'authorised user' means a person provided for in sub-section 16 (2) to the extent (if any) authorised by agreement between Aussat and that authorised user to conduct such a business.''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the amendments be agreed to-put and negatived.

Clause 17 agreed to.

Remainder of Bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS (CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS) BILL 1984- Bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Satellite Communications Bill 1984 to be reported with an amendment and Satellite Communications (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1984 to be reported without amendment.

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

On the motion of the Minister for Industry and Commerce (Senator Button) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bills read a third time.