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Wednesday, 11 November 1964


Senator COHEN (Victoria) (2:23 AM) . - The Opposition will support the amendment, although it will not achieve all that we had hoped to achieve. We had hoped that the Committee would rise to the occasion and direct the Government on a central issue of policy. But the amendment does make the point that some differential treatment is to be given by way of small concessions to stations in respect of that part of their transmissions which involves the production of Australian programmes. That being so, we are prepared to support the amendment, it being understood that the amendment does not really meet the whole of the case that we put.

I think I should inform the Committee that when this matter was being debated in another place inclusion of the words " as defined by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board in its categories of programmes " was suggested by way of amendment moved by the Opposition, it being felt that without those words an amendment in identical terms to that now proposed by Senator Buttfield would lack teeth and would allow the commercial stations to cut loose on their definition of what was artistic, musical or dramatic. With the inclusion of the words " as defined by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board in its categories of programmes", the matter is brought into sharper definition. To the extent that it meets our point of view, we support the amendment.







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