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Thursday, 4 May 1989
Page: 1850


Senator MACKLIN(9.29) -I indicate that we support the redraft. As Senator Hill indicated, we felt that the original proposition was far too broad. The redraft that the Government has provided is certainly a more elegant one for achieving Senator Hill's original intention-that sound broadcasts should also be able to be included under this context. May I just say that I have appreciated the debate in Committee. I think that while it may have seemed to observers-if anybody has managed to observe all of what has been said-to be somewhat a difficult task, it reflects only in small measure the enormous problems the Government has had in getting this Bill drafted and the problems which we have had and, which Senator Hill would probably acknowledge, in trying to come to grips with the complexities and, more importantly, in trying to come to grips with the conflicting principles involved in this area of copyright. I think it is useful that we have been able to have this type of debate in this area--


Senator Hill —You would never have had it in the House of Representatives.


Senator MACKLIN —No, it is certainly something, as Senator Hill suggests, which the House of Representatives would have been incapable of doing. The debate that we have had probably exemplifies the best of what this place is capable of doing during the Committee stage. My only regret is that we are not able to deal with legislation in such detail more often.