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Wednesday, 11 November 1964

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) (2:18 AM) . - Apparently we are not seeking the donkey vote, although we aire sitting at the donkey hour.

Senator Henty - Well, do not bray about it.

Senator WRIGHT - I was trying to force an interruption of the braying that was going on while Senator Buttfield was trying to speak.

Senator HENTY (TASMANIA) - Join the mob.

Senator WRIGHT - If I may have silence instead of the braying that is now going on while I am trying to speak, I will speak. I am amazed at my colleague, Senator Cormack, clutching at the point that he tried to make in order to defeat an amendment just because it does not come from the Government. The grammar of the amendment is all right. We all know that the words "musical", "dramatic" and " artistic " are adjectives and that the word " material " is the noun. Those words describe the content which would entitle a licensee to the proposed deduction.

Those honorable senators who find these matters difficult of interpretation, such as some of the interjectors who try to force things down Senator Buttfield's throat when she speaks, ought to read the reports that arc presented to us by the Broadcasting Control Board. People who can read those reports with understanding can read this amendment. The language in the reports and the amendment is very much the same. In that context the amendment has a definite meaning. It is time the Committee arrived at a state of maturity. I suggest that an amendment, although it does not emanate from the Government, should be considered on its merits.

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