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PRINT MEDIA--FOREIGN OWNERSHIP DECISIONS--SELECT COMMITTEE--EXTENSION OF
TIME TO REPORT

Senator Reid, at the request of the Chairman of the Select Committee on

Certain Aspects of Foreign Ownership Decisions in relation to the Print

Media (Senator Alston) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to

as a formal motion, moved--

(1) That, for the reasons set out in paragraph (2), the order of the

Senate of 12 May 1994 concerning the Select Committee on Foreign

Ownership Decisions in Relation to the Print Media (the Print

Media Committee), be modified to extend the time for the

presentation of the committee's final report from 22 September

1994 to 31 March 1995, or such earlier date as may become

appropriate depending upon the resolution of the matters set out

in paragraph (2).

(2) The reasons referred to in paragraph (1) are:

(a) to enable the committee to monitor progress of, and,

when it is eventually tabled, review, the Government's

response to the 32 findings and recommendations

contained in the committee's first report of June 1994;

(b) to ensure that the Senate has in place a relevant and

experienced committee to properly consider the

implicationsof any order by the Federal Court in INP

Consortium Ltd (and ors) v John Fairfax Holdings Ltd

(formerly Tourang Ltd) (and ors), that documents denied

to the committee by the Government because of their

alleged extraordinarysecrecy, but supplied in

confidence to named counsel in that case, be published

or may be used in evidence in open court;

(c) to enable various respondents, when questions have been

addressed, a further opportunity to respond; and

(d) to facilitate any recommendation of the Committee of

Party Leaders on Public Interest Secrecy that some or

all of the documents, to which the Print Media

Committee was refused access, should be disclosed to

it, in confidence or otherwise.

Question put and passed.