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AUSTRALIA COUNCIL BILL 2013E AUSTRALIA COUNCIL (CONSEQUENTIAL AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS)E BILL 2013

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins)—That these bills be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Declaration of interest: Senator Sinodinos declared an interest in relation to the bills.

Debate continued.

Limitation of debate: The time allotted for the consideration of these bills expired.

Question—That these bills be now read a second time—put and passed.

Bills read a second time.


The following amendments in respect of the Australia Council Bill 2013 circulated by the Opposition were considered:

 Clause 9, page 6 (line 24) to page 7 (line 19), omit subsection (1), substitute:

  (1) The Council has the following functions:

 (a) to promote excellence in the arts;

 (b) to provide, and encourage the provision of, opportunities for persons to practise the arts;

 (c) to promote the appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of the arts;

 (d) to promote the general application of the arts in the community;

 (e) to foster the expression of a national identity by means of the arts;

 (f) to uphold and promote the right of persons to freedom in the practice of the arts;

 (g) to promote the knowledge and appreciation of Australian arts by persons in other countries;

 (h) to promote incentives for, and recognition of, achievement in the practice of the arts;

 (i) to encourage the support of the arts by the States, local governing bodies and other persons and organisations; and

 (j) to do anything incidental or conducive to the performance of any of the foregoing functions.

 Clause 11, page 8 (after line 29), after paragraph (a), insert:

 (aa) the policies of State and Territory Governments in relation to the arts; and 

 Clause 12, page 9 (after line 2), after paragraph (a), insert:

 (aa) in relation to the formation and terms of reference of a Committee; or

 Clause 31, page 18 (line 5), at the end of subsection (1), add ", or as otherwise directed by the Minister".

 Clause 31, page 18 (line 10), omit "at least one person who has relevant experience in the arts", substitute "more than one person who has relevant experience in the specific subject matter relating to that committee."

 Clause 31, page 18 (line 15), omit "The Board", substitute "The Board, unless otherwise directed by the Minister".

 Clause 31, page 18 (line 21), omit "The Board", substitute "The Board or the Minister".

 Clause 31, page 18 (after line 25), at the end of the clause, add:

  (6) A direction by the Minister will in all cases prevail over a direction by the Board.

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put.


The Senate divided—

AYES, 29

Senators—

Abetz

Back (Teller)

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Edwards

Eggleston

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Heffernan

Humphries

Joyce

Kroger

Macdonald

Mason

McKenzie

Parry

Payne

Ronaldson

Ruston

Sinodinos

Smith

Xenophon

NOES, 33

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown (Teller)

Cameron

Carr, Kim

Di Natale

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Lines

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Urquhart

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

Question negatived.

Question—That the remaining stages of these bills be agreed to and these bills be now passed—put and passed.

Bills read a third time.