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Thursday, 4 May 1989
Page: 1774

Senator PUPLICK(12.15) —Before this chamber determines whether it will defer consideration of these matters to a later hour to facilitate my colleague's sorting out the two parts of his amendment, which is before this chamber, I would like to respond to the Minister's comments regarding collecting societies. I simply thank the Minister for accepting the suggestion that the Attorney-General shall cause the reports which are forwarded to him to be presented to the Parliament. I believe that it is an important matter of principle simply to keep the Parliament properly informed of reports of this nature so that those who are interested in observing how the obligations of the collecting societies under the legislation are being discharged will be able to do so.

I do not press the matter of the authorisation or declaration of more than one collecting society. I think the position of the two sides on this matter has been adequately canvassed. Senator Macklin has clearly indicated that the Australian Democrats do not support the establishment of more than one collecting society in the field we are dealing with at the moment, but I thank the Minister for having taken up the suggestion about the reports being provided to the Parliament. I think it is greatly to his credit that he is prepared to be flexible on this matter and to accommodate us.

Further consideration of amendments-by leave-postponed.