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Monday, 30 August 1993
Page: 519

Senator HARRADINE (6.27 p.m.) —I move:

  That the Senate take note of the document

I point out that this document is the last report of the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal to the Minister for Transport and Communications (Senator Collins) and, through the minister, to the parliament. The Broadcasting Act 1942 was repealed with effect from 5 October 1992. With that repeal and the introduction of the broadcasting services legislation, the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal went out of existence.

  The tribunal had a very interesting career. Over time, it played an important role in regard to standards for television and radio in Australia. Many members of the tribunal gave dedicated service to the people of Australia. They were hamstrung on a number of occasions by government policies which, in many ways, prevented them from performing the functions for which the tribunal was established.

  The tribunal's function was not only to consider appropriate standards for television and radio. A major function was to grant, renew, suspend or revoke licences. As a result of the broadcasting services legislation, we now have the Australian Broadcasting Authority. In the very short time that is available to me, I want to deal with broadcasting and television standards and the proposal that was contained in the—

   Debate interrupted.

Sitting suspended from 6.30 to 8 p.m.