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Tuesday, 17 November 1964

Senator COHEN (Victoria) .- The Opposition, unlike Senator Buttfield, is sticking to its guns. The position, as I see it, is not as was stated by the Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Anderson).

Senator Kennelly - Who moved the amendment?

Senator COHEN - It was Senator Buttfield's amendment, and we supported it. I am indebted to my colleague, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Senator Kennelly). I had assumed that all honorable senators knew who moved the amendment.

Senator Buttfield - I said that I was not prepared to press the request.

Senator HENTY (TASMANIA) - It was Senator Cohen's amendment which sought to take another couple of million pounds from the television stations.

Senator COHEN - The Minister for Civil Aviation (Senator Henty) says that our amendment was designed to take another couple of million pounds from the television stations.

Senator Henty - It was the honorable senator who used the word " million ".

Senator COHEN - The Senate Select Committee on the Encouragement of Australian Productions for Television said that to implement the whole of its recommendations would cost no more than £1 million in a year. We were not dealing specifically with the recommendations of the Select Committee. I remind the Senate that the Opposition moved an amendment in two parts. The first part advocated an increase in the licence fees proposed by the Government where the gross earnings exceeded £1 million. That applied to every metropolitan television station. The second part sought to provide that the whole of the proceeds from the licence fees should be paid into a fund to be expended at the discretion of the Minister on the encouragement of Australian productions for television. We received no support for that proposal from Senator Buttfield, or from any honorable senator on the Government side, although at one stage she said that she was favorably disposed towards the second part of the amendment but she did not support the amendment. That was the whole point of the Opposition's case. We raised for the first time-

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