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BROADCASTING AND TELEVISION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 1985

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Question-put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

Education and the Arts-Standing Committee-Proposed reference: Senator Puplick, pursuant to Standing Order 196A, moved-That the Broadcasting and Television Legislation Amendment Bill 1985 be referred to the Standing Committee on Education and the Arts for inquiry and report by the first sitting day in February 1986.

Question-put and negatived.

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.

On the motion of the Minister for Finance (Senator Walsh) the following amendment was agreed to:

Page 5, clause 5, at end of clause, add the following new sub-clauses:

""(3) Where, before the commencement of this Act, a purported election of a person as the staff-elected Director or as the deputy of the staff-elected Director was held or commenced to be held in a manner approved by the Board, the purported election so held, or the purported election so commenced to be held as completed after the commencement of this Act, shall be deemed to have been or to be as valid and effectual as it would have been or would be if it had been or were held after the commencement of this Act in accordance with sub-section (2).

""(4) An election of the staff-elected Director to which sub-section (3) applies shall, for the purposes of sub-section 4 (4), be deemed to be the first election of the staff-elected Director to be held after the commencement of this Act.''.

On the motion of Senator Peter Baume the following amendment was debated and agreed to:

Page 11, after clause 18, add the following new clause:

Special provisions relating to advertisements

""19. Section 100 of the Principal Act is amended by adding at the end of sub-section (6) ", provided that, where a period of 60 days has elapsed from the date of lodgement of the text of the proposed advertisement and the Secretary to the Department of Health or the Secretary's delegate has not notified approval or disapproval of the text, the licensee may broadcast or televise the advertisement in the terms of the text as lodged with the Secretary or the Secretary's delegate'.''.

On the motion of Senator Puplick the following amendment was debated and agreed to:

After new clause 19, add the following new clause:

Broadcasting or televising of political matter or controversial matter

""20. Section 116 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting sub-section (2).''.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill to be reported with amendments.

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

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