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BROADCASTING OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS--JOINT STATUTORY
COMMITTEE--PROPOSED GENERAL PRINCIPLES

The following message from the House of Representatives was reported:

Message No. 343

MR PRESIDENT

The House of Representatives acquaints the Senate of the following

resolution which was agreed to by the House of Representatives on 31

August 1994 and requests the concurrence of the Senate therein and

that it take action accordingly:

That the following general principles upon which there should be

determined the days upon which, and the periods during which, the

proceedings of the Senate and the House of Representatives shall be

broadcast, as specified by the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting

of Parliamentary Proceedings in its report dated May 1994, be

adopted with effect from 5 September 1994 in place of the general

principles previously adopted by both Houses:

PROPOSED GENERAL PRINCIPLES RELATING TO THE RADIO BROADCASTING OF

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS

1. Days upon which proceedings shall be broadcast and their

allocation between the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The proceedings of Parliament shall be broadcast on each day on

which either House is sitting. While there will be a usual

allocation of broadcasts between the Senate and the House of

Representatives, the Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of

Parliamentary Proceedings or its Sub-Committee shall take into

account the importance of the impending debate and the public

interest attaching thereto in deciding on the allocation. It is

anticipated that, over time, the coverage of each House will be

approximately equal.

2. Rebroadcast of questions and answers.

(a) The following Parliamentary Proceedings shall be rebroadcast

by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation at the conclusion

of the broadcast of live proceedings from either House

unless otherwise ordered by the Committee:

Senate proceedings--Questions without notice and answers

thereto;

House of Representatives proceedings--Questions without

notice and answers thereto;

(b) The rebroadcast shall be of the House that is not allocated

the broadcast;

(c) When a member makes a personal explanation in rebuttal of

misrepresentation contained in a question asked that day or

an answer thereto, the question and answer shall, subject to

the next succeeding sub-paragraph, be excluded from the

rebroadcast; and

(d) The Presiding Officer may, in his or her discretion, refer

any case to the Joint Committee for decision as to whether

such a question and answer shall be excluded from the

rebroadcast.

3. The general principles specified here and adopted by both

Houses shall be observed generally by the Joint Committee in

making determinations in accordance with the Parliamentary

Proceedings Broadcasting Act 1946, but nothing in those general

principles shall be taken to prevent the Joint Committee from

departing from those general principles in order to meet any

unusual or special circumstances.

HA JENKINS

ACTING SPEAKER

House of Representatives,

Canberra, 1 September 1994.

The Minister for Defence (Senator Ray) moved--That consideration of the

message be an order of the day for the next day of sitting.

Question put and passed.