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Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Page: 7109

Senator CORMANN (Western AustraliaMinister for Finance and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) (11:52): The precise purpose of this provision, as would be the case in the context of an election campaign, is to ensure that all broadcasters, including the ABC and SBS, provide reasonable opportunity for both sides of the argument to be heard. The answer to your question is that SBS should not be able to deny the opportunity for the 'no' side of the argument to put their case.