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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 392

Mr Staley On 21 May 1980 (Hansard, page 2962), Mr Les McMahon asked me the following question without notice:

Is it a fact that during the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal's inquiry into the transfer of shares to WIN4 Wollon- s gong last year from the News group of companies to interests a associated with Mr Bruce Gordon, the chairman of the Tri- a bunal announced that he was in a conflict of interests situation. Is it a fact that the conflict of interests arose because of his close personal and business relationship with Mr Edwin u Maxwell Cowley, who is one of the trustees of shares in WIN4 for Mr Gordon, and with Mr Gordon himself. Is it a fact that the chairman said that he would take no part in the deliberations of the Tribunal because of his conflict of interests. Is it a fact that, whilst Mr Gyngell abstained from voting at the meeting of the Tribunal on 28 July 1979 at which the WIN4 transaction was considered, he was present at that meeting while the other Tribunal members deliberated on the matter

The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

As to the first part, yes; as to the second part, yes; as to the third part, yes; as to the fourth part, the Tribunal did not conduct a meeting on 28 July 1979. The Tribunal approved the application by Oberon Broadcasters Pty Ltd to purchase shares representing 78.7 per cent of the issued capital in Television Wollongong Transmissions Ltd (WIN4) at a meeting on 10 August 1979.

The Chairman was present at the meeting, at which other matters were discussed, but abstained from voting on this transaction and took no part in the discussion concerning it

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