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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1888

Senator STEELE HALL (South AustraliaLeader of the Liberal Movement) - I think that Senator Guilfoyle is mixing the objectives of the Bill. She has them all mixed up because it is in a sense an industrial promotion exercise. It is not a venue to show films to the public. It has further disciplines that are set out in other clauses and I would advise Senator Guilfoyle to look at my proposed amendments. The amendments I propose take out the very specific power that the Minister has, make it of a far more general nature and apply it only by regulations laid on the table of this House. Certainly no one could properly claim that that is unparliamentary or undemocratic. Senator Guilfoyle is arguing that the Commission is a body which, without making its own decisions, is able to have a very direct say in what will be exhibited during a substantial amount of viewing time in theatres with the approval of the Minister.

When we get to who shall see it, it is with the approval of the Parliament, not the Minister. That applies to the amendments that are proposed to clause 10, but turning to a State industrial development organisation it is clear that the Treasurer always has to give his approval to development of a particular industry. If public money is to be used at some risk in the development of a tourist facility- perhaps a motel, a factory or a picture theatre- that would come within the province of State development and the Treasurer would have to give his approval. Otherwise the funds would not be available. This goes a little further than that obviously, but it is still in between a venue such as the Australian Broadcasting Commission, which Senator Guilfoyle used, and a direct industrial promotion. Quite frankly, if we are to lay heavily on one side or the other, I believe it comes down to an industrial promotion rather than an area of transmission. The transmission, as I have said, is conveyed or controlled by clause 10. I advise Senator Guilfoyle to look at the amendments which I have proposed, which give the final say in that regard into the hands of the Parliament by regulation.

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