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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1919

Senator GUILFOYLE (Victoria) - I suggest we have a discussion on the proposition that the wording of the section would preclude a film producer who in the past may have made films and had a small family company in which he was involved. Those films still have rights to them and are paying him dividends even though he no longer is making films. He has a financial interest in a company of less than 25 persons and is ineligible to be a full time member of the Film Commission. On the other hand, on my reading of the clause, a person who is a theatre proprietor or a former theatre proprietor and a large shareholder in a large company- with that type of film interest- would be eligible to be either chairman or a full time member. Does the Minister for the Media (Senator Douglas McClelland) not see the conflict and limitation that this clause imposes on the composition of the Film Commission? Will he give me his considered view of the proposition I have put with regard to the application of the clause?

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