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Tuesday, 22 May 1973
Page: 2431


Mr HAYDEN (Oxley) (Minister for Social Security) - by leave - Early this afternoon I introduced an amendment to the Broadcasting and Television BUI in association with the

Social Services Bill (No. 3), and in rather grievous error addressed myself to the last clause alone of the amending Bill. Unfortunately the preceding clauses dealt with entirely different matters to the last one, namely rates of remuneration to the Chairman and members of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board and the General Manager of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. What I did of course was done in error and I have assiduously spent the afternoon looking for someone to blame - a fruitless task for neither volunteer nor conscript would come forward. But I must come to the point, for when people are once in the wrong each line they add is much too long.

As I said this afternoon the purpose of the Bill referred to is to complete the provisions of the Social Services Bill (No. 3) by providing for concessional rate broadcast listener's and television viewer's licences to supporting mothers. This Bill amends the definition of pensioner in section 128 of the Broadcasting and Television Act to include persons who are in receipt of a supporting mothers benefit, thus enabling them to partake of the concessions.

The Bill also takes the opportunity to amend the Act in respect of the rates of remuneration payable to the Chairman and other full time members of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board and to the General Manager of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. The rates of remuneration fixed by sections 11 and 43 for the Chairman and other full time members of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board and for the General Manager of the Australian Broadcasting Commission have been superseded by rates fixed by the Remuneration and Allowances Act 1973, which received the royal assent on 1 April 1973. It is therefore necessary to include in this Bill 2 clauses to amend those sections. These clauses are expressed to come into operation on royal assent. In other words, clauses 2 and 3 make no change in the salaries but merely bring the Broadcasting and Television Bill into line with the Remuneration and Allowances Act. I think that we are all entitled to make a mistake - at least once.


Mr Ian Robinson (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Mr Speaker, I take it that the necessary formalities have been covered.







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