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Tuesday, 7 December 1976
Page: 3420

Mr KING (Wimmera) - I support the Government in its opposition to the Labor Party's amendment. Whilst I fully appreciate the sincerity of the honourable member for Maribyrnong (Dr Cass) in trying to widen the scope of the Broadcasting Council I think one must remember that the line has to be drawn somewhere. I will not take very long. I am concerned that if we increase the number of members on the Council from the possible nine as announced by the Minister for Post and Telecommunications (Mr Eric Robinson) to the eleven as proposed by way of amendment by the Opposition we could go on indefinitely changing the Council's numbers. I think that the honourable member for Maribyrnong would possibly agree with me: If you are in doubt you can always increase; but it is very difficult to reduce. Therefore I suggest to him that he should not pursue his amendment. If we include such organisations as the Australian Schools Commission, the Australian Postal Commission, the Australian Telecommunications Commission and the Australian Film and Television School, why not perhaps include viewers? It would not matter whether they were from the metropolitan areas or the country areas of different states or whether they watched this television station or that television station. We could go on indefinitely. I certainly go along with the Minister in rejecting this amendment.

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