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Tuesday, 7 December 1976
Page: 3406

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - I move:

After clause 10, insert the following new clause: " 10a. Section 39 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting from sub-section (2) the words 'four Commissioners shall form a quorum' and substituting the words 'a quorum is constituted by a majority of the Commissioners for the time being holding office. '. '.

This is a machinery clause and I hope that it is acceptable to the Opposition.

Proposed new clause agreed to.

Clauses 1 1 and 12- by leave- taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 13.

After Part IV of the Principal Act the following Part is inserted:- "Part IVA-The Public Broadcasting Service and the Public Television Service " 1 1 lA. ( 1) Subject to this Act, the Minister may, on payment of the prescribed fee, grant to a person a licence to operate a broadcasting station or television station for one or more of the following purposes, as specified in the licence:-

(a)   to provide services for people within a specified area;

(   b ) to provide programs of a specified nature;

(c)   to provide programs for a specified purpose. "(2) A public broadcasting licence or public television licence shall not be granted except to a corporation formed within the limits of the Commonwealth or a Territory, not being a corporation the objects of which include the acquisition of profit or gain for the benefit of its individual members. "(3) A public broadcasting licence or public television licence may be granted on such conditions, and in accordance with such form, as the Minister determines. "(4) It is a condition of a licence granted under this Part that the broadcasting station or television station, as the case may be, is to be operated only for the purpose or purposes specified in the licence in accordance with sub-section ( 1 ). "(5) The establishment, erection, maintenance and use of a public broadcasting station or public television station in pursuance of a licence under this Part shall be deemed not to be a contravention of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1 905 or of the regulations under that Act. "IIIB. Subject to section 1 1 1a, the other provisions of this Act apply, with such exceptions and subject to such modifications and adaptions as are prescribed, in relation to public broadcasting stations, public television stations, public broadcasting station licences, public television station licences and the holders of such licences as they apply in relation to commercial broadcasting stations, commercial television stations, licences for such stations and the holders of such licences.".

The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN (Mr Giles)Before the honourable member for Maribyrnong (Dr Cass) moves his first amendment to this clause, might I ask the Committee if it wishes to deal with the 3 amendments together?

Dr Cass - They could be dealt with together.

The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN- Does the Minister for Post and Telecommunications agree with that course?

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - Yes.

The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN- I will allow that course to be followed.

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