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Thursday, 4 May 1989
Page: 1831

Senator HILL(6.01) —by leave-I move:

(16) Page 31, clause 14, proposed section 135zzj, after definition of `exemption number' insert the following definition:

`` `prescribed organisation, means

(a) an educational institution;

(b) an institution assisting handicapped readers;

(c) an institution assisting intellectually handicapped persons;

(d) an institution assisting the blind or the visually impaired;

(e) an institution assisting the deaf or the hearing impaired;

(f) an organisation engaged in broadcasting;

(g) an organisation engaged in the production of sound recordings; or

(h) such other organisation as is prescribed;''.

(17) Page 35, clause 14, after proposed subsection 135zzw (1), insert the following new subsection:

``(1a) The Attorney-General shall cause a copy of the report sent to the Attorney-General under subsection (1) to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the receipt of the report by the Attorney-General.''.

I take it from the debate this morning that the Government is now likely to support amendment No. 17, which is to provide for the tabling of the report.

Senator Tate —Of the collecting society.

Senator HILL —Of the collecting society that deals with the blank tape regime. That seems consistent with the Minister's willingness this morning to table reports of other collecting societies. If that is the case, I shall not spend time developing an argument to that effect.

I am unsure of the Government's attitude on amendment 16. As we made clear in our speeches during the second reading debate, we believe that the prescribed organisations should be defined within the legislation and that there should be the capacity for additional organisations to be added to the list. These bodies have an important responsibility. They are to be exempted from an obligation in regard to payment. As I understand it, the bodies that we have listed in amendment 16 are the types of bodies which the Government was of a mind to include within its regulatory mechanism. They include educational institutions assisting handicapped readers, institutions assisting intellectually handicapped people, institutions assisting the blind or the visually impaired, institutions assisting the deaf or the hearing impaired, organisations engaged in broadcasting and organisations engaged in the production of sound recordings. If we are correct in believing that there would be no objection in the Committee to these groups being at least some of those which will ultimately be exempted, we can see no argument why they should not be set out in this legislation. This would give Parliament the opportunity to vote upon them, and in this instance to vote for their specific reference.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Peter Baume) —Is it Senator Hill's wish that they be dealt with together?

Senator Hill —I suspect that the Minister may prefer them to be voted upon. I do not yet know the Government's attitude to the first amendment. We know that it has indicated support for the second.