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Monday, 14 October 1991
Page: 1872


Mr SMITH(9.22 p.m.) —-I move:

(5) Page 19, after clause 51 insert the following new clause in Part 4 of the Bill:

Community Advisory Committee

"51A. (1) The Board must establish a committee to be known as the Community Advisory Committee.

(2) The function of the Community Advisory Committee is to advise the Board on the community consultative measures to be included in each corporate plan of the SBS.

(3) Each member of the Community Advisory Committee is to be appointed by the Board.

(4) The Board may only appoint a person to the Community Advisory Committee if the Board is satisfied that the person has an understanding of Australia's multicultural society and, in particular, interests relevant to, and an understanding of, ethnic, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities.".

As I explained earlier, this amendment proposes to replace the interim advisory community committee that is to be set up under the Act which comes to an end immediately on the completion of the first corporate plan. Our view is that there needs to be a continuing community advisory committee.