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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING AUTHORITY--REPORT--ORDER FOR PRODUCTION OF
DOCUMENT

Leave refused: Senator Alston sought leave to move General Business

notice of motion no. 1625 standing in his name for this day, relating to

an order for the production of a document by the Minister representing

the Minister for Communications and the Arts (Senator McMullan).

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Suspension of standing orders: Senator Alston, at the request of the

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Hill) and pursuant to

contingent notice, moved--That so much of the standing orders be

suspended as would prevent Senator Hill moving a motion relating to the

conduct of the business of the Senate, namely a motion to give

precedence to General Business notice of motion no. 1625 standing in the

name of Senator Alston for this day, relating to an order for the

production of a document by the Minister representing the Minister for

Communications and the Arts (Senator McMullan).

Question put and passed.

Senator Alston, at the request of Senator Hill, moved--That General

Business notice of motion no. 1625 standing in the name of Senator

Alston for this day, relating to an order for the production of a

document by the Minister representing the Minister for Communications

and the Arts (Senator McMullan), may be moved immediately and have

precedence over all other business this day till determined.

Question put and passed.

Senator Alston moved--That the Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) the report of the Australian BroadcastingAuthority

(ABA) on the cross media rules was handed to the

Minister for Communications and the Arts (Mr Lee) on or

before 7 June 1995,

(ii) the Government has made it clear that this report will

form the basis of upcoming legislative changes to the

cross media rules,

(iii) the Minister has not given any firm commitment to make

this report publicly available, and

(iv) there is no valid reason for not publicly releasing

this report; and

(b) orders that there be laid on the table, before the adjournment

of the Senate on 21 June 1995 by the Minister representing the

Minister for Communications and the Arts (Senator McMullan), the

report of the ABA referred to in the Minister's media release of

3 May 1995.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 38

Abetz Alston Baume Bell Boswell Bourne Calvert (Teller) Campbell Chamarette Chapman Coulter Crichton-Browne Ellison Ferguson Gibson Harradine Hill Kemp Kernot Knowles Lees Macdonald, Ian Macdonald, Sandy MacGibbon McGauran Margetts Minchin O'Chee Panizza Parer Patterson Reid Spindler Tambling Teague Tierney Troeth Woodley

NOES, 20

Beahan Childs Coates Collins, Bob Collins, Jacinta Colston Cook Cooney Crowley Denman Faulkner Foreman (Teller) McMullan Murphy Neal Ray Reynolds Sherry West Wheelwright

Question agreed to.