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Thursday, 13 May 1993
Page: 631

Senator ALSTON (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (10.23 p.m.) —From our point of view, this again is mindless regulation. Subsection (4) provides that the Minister may direct the ABA to impose a condition under the section designed to ensure that licensees A, B and C adequately involve Australian industry. It is highly subjective and means nothing in particular. But it will certainly ensure that there are plenty of highly paid people wandering around, crawling all over it and at some stage deciding that it does or does not constitute active involvement. If that is what the Democrats want—

Senator Burns —You are always going crook about unemployment.

Senator ALSTON —Senator Burns is right. The Government has no other solutions, so I can understand why it is espousing this one. Apart from the obvious employment benefits, I cannot see that it will do very much at all for the pay television industry, and certainly not for consumers.