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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1920


Senator GUILFOYLE (Victoria) - I indicate that the Opposition continues with its attitude to this clause because nothing that the Minister has said has removed the difficulty that there is for the fairly limited personnel in the film industry in Australia to serve as full time members of the Commission. We again stress the anomaly that is created in respect of a person who has a continuing interest in a company. It is not easy for a person to divest himself of shares in a private company at this time. If he has a continuing interest in a company and the benefits of previous activities in film making are still accruing to him as a member of that company he is excluded from appointment as a full time member of the Commission. Yet by contrast a person having a predominant interest in a large company is not precluded. It seems to me that there is a conflict in those 2 requirements.


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I would think that he could enter into a trustee arrangement if there were any validity in your argument. I would think it would be quite simple for such a person, if there be such a person, to enter into a trustee arrangement to enable him to become a full time member.

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