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Tuesday, 3 December 1974
Page: 3043

Senator GUILFOYLE (Victoria) -Mr Temporary Chairman, on behalf of the Opposition I indicate that we will oppose the motion moved by the Minister for the Media (Senator Douglas McClelland) that the amendments made by the House of Representatives be accepted. The amendments to which we refer basically relate to the objections which we expressed when this Bill was dealt with in this chamber. For all the reasons that were outlined by the Opposition on that occasion, we sustain our objection to the amendments which are now proposed. We regret that the Australian Film Commission Bill will not achieve the establishment of a commission which will be of assistance to the Australian film industry. We can only hope that early in the New Year the Government will see fit to recast the Bill in order to establish a commission that will give expression to the intent to assist the commercial film industry in Australia. We regret that we are unable to deal further with the amendments. Our opposition to them was expressed at the time when we removed from the Bill the clauses covered by the amendments. For this reason the Opposition will oppose the Minister's motion.

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