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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1895

Senator MISSEN (Victoria) - I would like to refer to some other aspects of this clause which, to my mind, are highly confusing. Clause 8 (1) states:

The Minister may, by writing under his hand, give directions to the Commission with respect to the exercise of its powers or the performance of its functions but, except as provided by sub-section (2), shall not give such a direction with respect to a particular project.

The first part of that sub-clause contains a particularly sweeping power which is given to the Minister in relation to the Commission's functions. In other words, all the functions under this Bill are subject to the directions of the Minister. If we are setting up an Australian Film Commission which has any reality or any powers, surely we cannot say in one clause that every one of its powers is subject to the direction of the

Minister except, as it states, with respect to a particular project. Sub-clause (2) states:

The Minister may give a direction to the Commission with respect to a film, or proposed film, of a kind referred to in sub-paragraph 5 (l)(b)(i),(ii)or(iii).

Senator Guilfoyle - We are dealing with clause 7.

Senator MISSEN - I am sorry. We are on clause 7, not clause 8.

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