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Wednesday, 11 November 1964

Senator CORMACK (Victoria) (2:17 AM) . - I enter this debate as a grammarian and not as a lawyer. As I see the amendment moved by Senator Buttfield, it seems to leave the field open to all sorts of judgments. I do not believe that it is good enough to be inserted in an Act. The amendment reads -

.   . provided that if the licensee satisfies the Minister that any such earnings have been received in connection with the televising of, or the provision by him of, musical, dramatic or other artistic material . . ยป

The words " musical ", " dramatic and " artistic " are adjectives, but surely they are meant to be nouns. What the honorable senator is doing is suggesting that this amendment will be an incentive for the televising or provision of material. It does not make sense to me and I suggest that it would not make sense to anyone else. The amendment continues - . . material wholly produced or originating in Australia, as defined by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board in its categories of programmes. . . .

The material has to be defined in the Broadcasting and Television Act and, as far as I can see, it is not defined in the Act. So I am not willing to support the amendment.

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