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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1894

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - The Government has no objection to this sub-clause being added to the terms of the Bill now before the Committee. I point out that it is not a term of the existing Australian Film Development Corporation Act, which is an Act of Parliament that was introduced by the previous Government. Since this Government assumed office it has been the practice of the Australian Film Development Corporation to report in the terms embodied in the amendment now proposed by Senator Guilfoyle. Indeed in the recent annual report of the Australian Film Development Corporation which I tendered in this chamber 2 or 3 weeks ago there is set out on page 4 under the heading 'Guarantees' the fact that the Corporation has power to guarantee money obtained by the Australian producers from other sources to the extent of Sim overall. On page 8 of the annual report details of the guarantees issued by the Corporation are set out.

So, it having been the custom and practice of the Australian Film Development Corporation, we can see no objection to its being written into the legislation. I have been presented with another form of words by the Parliamentary Draftsman which I am assured meets the provision more effectively than Senator Guilfoyle 's proposed amendment. 1 shall provide it to the honourable senator. If she believes that its terms fulfil the purposes of her proposed amendment and if she will move it in that form I will be happy to accept the amendment.

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