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Monday, 30 August 1993
Page: 529


Senator HARRADINE (8.46 p.m.) —As I was saying before, this was the last report of the tribunal in its 17 year history. Many of the members of the tribunal can be proud of their contribution to the community. Others—and they will know who they are—will be proud of their contribution to their own interests and to the industry. I point out to the Senate that on page 51 of the report the tribunal talks of the M classification and the higher level or stronger M material.

  The Senate will recall that on the last occasion that we dealt with this matter with the broadcasting services legislation there was discussion about the MA category and the M category. A motion was put before the Senate by Senator Walters, and adopted by the whole of the Senate, saying that there shall not be any material that, for want of a better word, is stronger than what was currently in the AO classification. By the way, it is interesting to note that on page 51 nothing is said about material shown after 10.30 p.m. being stronger than AO material, as it was in the original document by the ABT.

  I see that the ABA has now decided to register the Commonwealth television industry codes of practice. On my first reading of it, it is clear to me, at all events, that the material that is to be shown on TV is to be worse than the current AO. I will be briefed on this at the end of this week and, if it is as I see it at the moment, I will be taking the opportunity that is provided under the act to amend those particular guidelines. (Time expired)

  Question resolved in the affirmative.