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Tuesday, 7 December 1976

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The Government cannot accept the amendment. I do not want to go over the ground traversed by a number of Government members. I assure the Committee that the Tribunal will be interested in reading the comments made during this debate. I listened very carefully to the discussion on this amendment. Some points made by Opposition spokesmen I will certainly take into account and discuss with the Tribunal. I would like the Committee to be quite clear that the first job of the Tribunal will be to have a public inquiry into standards and into the concept of self-regulation. The Government has not accepted the concept of self-regulation. We believe it is desirable if an industry or a profession can achieve a great degree of self- discipline or selfregulation. Standards will be set. Let me assure the honourable member for Griffith (Mr Donald Cameron) that included in those standards will be advertising standards. Certainly the question of Australian content raised by the honourable member for Hotham (Mr Chipp) is a very significant one and one about which the Tribunal will need to be concerned in the national interest.

I am aware of a very real concern in the community to maintain the capacity which we have achieved in recent years in the various areas of drama, theatre and, generally, contribution to Australian content in entertainment. I assure the shadow Minister, the honourable member for Maribyrnong (Dr Cass), that the Government's policy, while it is not in this Bill, will be that when the legislation comes in next year all decisions of the Tribunal will be subject to appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. I believe that is absolutely necessary.

Amendment negatived.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 7.

After section 22 of the Principal Act the following section is inserted: 22a. ( 1 ) Where an inquiry is held by 2 or more members and those members are divided in opinion as to the recommendations to be made on any matter-

(a)   if there is a majority of the one opinion- the recommendation shall be in accordance with the opinion of the majority; or

(b)   in any other case- the recommendation shall be in accordance with the opinion of the member presiding at the inquiry, but the opinion or opinions of the member or members disagreeing with the recommendation shall be set out in the report relating to the inquiry.

(2)   In sub-section (1), 'member' includes an associate member.'.

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