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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2381

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) . Frankly I am at a loss to understand the complaint by the honourable senator. First of all we have had printed a special type of notice paper which explains each day the Bills -

Senator Townley - It does not explain whether they are tax bills.

Senator DOUGLASMCCLELLAND The honourable member says that it does not explain whether they are tax Bills. Surely when an honourable senator sees a certain type of Bill on the notice paper relating to financial assistance and to payroll tax he would automatically assume that one Bill would be a tax Bill.

Senator Townley - With due respect, senator, one would also assume that the Television Stations Licence Fees Bill 1974 was a tax Bill. In fact it is not.

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - It is regarded as a tax Bill and indeed that is the very reason why that Bill and the related Bills were introduced in the House of Representatives. The advice tendered to me was that it was to be regarded as a tax Bill. In any event I suggest to the honourable senator that if he be in any doubt about any of the matters he seek the advice of the Clerks at the table. Of course, as is his right always, he can object to matters being incorporated in Hansard at any time should he so elect.

Question resolved in the affirmative. Standing Orders suspended. Bill read a first time.

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