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SENATE PROCEEDINGS-TELEVISION BROADCASTING

-Suspension of standing orders: The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Hill), pursuant to contingent notice, moved-That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Hill moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely, a motion to give precedence to General Business notice of motion no. 69 standing in the name of Senator Vanstone, relating to the television broadcasting of Senate proceedings.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.

Senator Vanstone, at the request of Senator Hill, thereupon moved-That General Business notice of motion no. 69 standing in the name of Senator Vanstone, relating to the television broadcasting of Senate proceedings, be called on forthwith and have precedence over all other business till determined.

Question put and passed.

Senator Vanstone, pursuant to notice, moved-

(1) That the Senate authorises the broadcasting by Australian Broadcasting Corporation television of Question Time in the Senate for a trial period from 21 August to 19 October 1990.

(2) That, if during the trial period the House of Representatives resolves to allow the broadcasting of Question Time in that House, the distribution of the broadcast between the two Houses shall be in accordance with the distribution of the radio broadcast, provided that the Senate is broadcast on not less than three days in any two-week sitting period.

(3) That the Senate authorises the broadcasting by television stations of excerpts of its proceedings in accordance with the following conditions:

Conditions governing the broadcasting of excerpts of proceedings by television stations

1. Access to the proceedings of the Senate for the recording and broadcasting of excerpts of proceedings is subject to an undertaking to observe, and to compliance with, the following conditions.

2. Recordings and broadcasts may be made only from channel 2 on the house monitoring system.

3. Broadcasts of excerpts shall be used only for the purposes of fair and accurate reports of proceedings, and shall not be used for:

(a) political party advertising or election campaigns;

(b) satire and ridicule; or

(c) commercial sponsorship or commercial advertising.

4. Reports of proceedings shall be such as to provide a balanced presentation of differing views.

5. Excerpts of proceedings which are subsequently withdrawn may be broadcast only if the withdrawal is also reported.

6. Debate on a motion for the adjournment of the Senate shall not be broadcast.

7. The instructions of the President of the Senate or his or her delegates in respect of the broadcasting of excerpts, which are not inconsistent with these conditions, shall be observed.

The Minister for Defence (Senator Ray) moved an amendment: At end of motion, add the following paragraph:

(4) That the conditions contained in paragraph (3) be referred to the Procedure Committee for inquiry and report by 21 August 1990, and that these orders have effect until altered by a further order of the Senate in relation to the report of the Procedure Committee.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the amendment be agreed to-put and passed.

Main question, as amended, agreed to.