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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2542


Senator MARRIOTT (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for the Media. Is it not a fact that the Broadcasting and Television Act does not prevent the broadcasting of referendum propaganda even on the day of taking the vote? Does the Minister feel that if this is a wise and correct procedure action should be taken to lift the prohibition now placed on the broadcasting of election propaganda after 48 hours prior to polling day thus bringing the broadcasting and television media into line with newspapers?


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Legal advice given to me is that referendum broadcasting material does not come within the definition of election matter presently appearing in the Broadcasting and Television Act. The second portion of the question concerns future Government policy but I can assure the honourable senator that it is being considered.







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