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Thursday, 27 September 1973
Page: 1692

Bill returned from the Senate with amendments.

Motion (by Mr Lionel Bowen) agreed to:

That the amendments be taken into consideration by the Committee of the Whole House forthwith.

In Committee

Consideration of Senate's amendment.

Clause 9.

Section 29 of the Principal Act is amended -

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(g)   by inserting after sub-section (2ab) the following sub-sections: - "(2aba) A publication referred to in para graph (c) of sub-section (2a) shall not be registered in the part of the register kept for the registration of Category A newspapers if -

(a)   at any time after 20 August 1973, it was or is a publication other than a publication printed and published in a country area within the meaning of that paragraph; or

(b)   it is a publication other than a publication which has a substantial proportion of its printed copies posted by the proprietor, printer or publisher to bona fide subscribers in a country area within the meaning of that paragraph. "(2abb) Where-

(a)   a publication of a kind referred to in paragraph (e) of sub-section (2a) of section 29 of the Post and Telegraph Act 1901-1971; or

(b)   a publication to which sub-section (2aba) applies, was, immediately before the commencement of this sub-section registered as a Category A newspaper, its registration is not affected by the omission of that paragraph by the Post and Telegraph Act 1973 or affected by the provisions of sub-section (2aba) but, if it is still so registered immediately before 1 March 1974, its registration shall, on that date, be transferred to the part of the register kept for the registration of Category B newspapers.";

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Clause 13.

After section 137 of the Principal Act the following section is inserted: - "137a. (1) Where an authorized officer has reason able grounds to believe that a person has committed, is committing, has attempted to commit or is attempting to commit an offence against section 111, 114, 115 or 116, the authorized officer may, without warrant -

(a)   detain that person for the purpose of his being searched; and

(b)   search that person. "(2) An authorized officer conducting a search under sub-section (1) who finds a thing that he has reasonable grounds to believe is evidence of the commission, or attempted commission, of an offence referred to in that sub-section may seize that thing. "(3) A female shall not be searched under this section except by a female. "(4) In this section, 'authorized officer' means an officer whose duties are, or include, the investigation of possible offences against this Act and who is appointed in writing by the Postmaster-General to be an authorized officer for the purposes of this section.".

Senate's Amendment No. 1 -

In clause 9, leave out the proposed sub-section (2aba) of section 29, substitute the following sub-section: - "(2aba) A publication referred to in paragraph (c) of sub-section (2a) shall not be registered in the part of the register kept for the registration of Category A newspapers unless -

(a)   the publication is, and at all times from and including 20 August 1973 has been, printed and published in a country area within the meaning of that paragraph; or

(b)   a substantial proportion of the copies of each number of the publication are posted by the proprietor, printer or publisher of the publication to bona fide subscribers in a country area within the meaning of that paragraph.".

Senate's Amendment No. 2 -

In clause 9, leave out paragraph (b) of the proposed sub-section (2abb) of section 29, substitute the following paragraph: - "(b) a publication that, by virtue of sub-section (2aba), is not to be registered as a Category A newspaper,".

Senate's amendment No. 3 -

Leave out clause 13.







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