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Tuesday, 8 May 1973
Page: 1752


Mr LUCHETTI (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Mr Speaker,my question is directed to you. Will you confer with the Joint Statutory Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings to see whether it will be at all possible to televise the debate on the private members Bill to be determined on Thursday of this week because of the tremendous interest which has been evoked throughout Australia on the importance of this social matter?


Mr SPEAKER - By resolution of this House a couple of weeks ago it was decided to refer this matter to the Joint Statutory Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings for a report. The Committee will meet next week to map out an agenda. It will possibly take at least 6 months to present the report to the House. I presume that at that time there will be an open vote for every honourable member to decide whether he wants proceedings to be televised. But that inquiry will not get under way until the parliamentary recess, at which time the Committee intends to visit every capital city. It would be impossible to present a report before Thursday because the resolution of the House was that the matter be referred to the Committee. That resolution could not be broken unless the matter were recommitted.







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