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Thursday, 16 December 1993
Page: 4892


Senator FAULKNER (Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister for Defence Science and Personnel) (8.48 p.m.) —I move:

  That the committee agree to the amendments made by the House of Representatives in the bill.

  (Quorum formed)


Senator FAULKNER —The amendments made by the House of Representatives are technical amendments, consequential to changes to the ABC bill made in the Senate during its initial consideration in May this year. The ABC bill contained amendments to simplify and update the technical services provisions of the ABC act; those amendments were omitted by the Senate. A close examination of the technical services provisions, following the making of those amendments, has made it clear that many of the archaic definitions in the act can be removed without affecting the operation of the technical services provisions. The proposed amendments, therefore, remove the unnecessary definitions.

  The bill passed by the Senate modernises the terminology in the ABC act by removing an outdated distinction between broadcasting—meaning broadcasting by radio—and television. The proposed amendments insert a new definition of `program' to support the modernisation of terminology. They also update the terminology in the technical services provisions which were retained as a result of the Senate amendments. The amendments will not affect Commonwealth expenditure or revenue, and I commend them to the Senate.