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Thursday, 21 August 1980
Page: 614

Mr SCHOLES (Corio) - Mr Deputy Speaker,I wish to raise with you a matter which I would have preferred to raise with Mr Speaker while he was in the Chair but I think that the time and consequence require that Mr Speaker be asked to take some action in respect of it. This morning we had an incident in the House in which what was purported to be a tape-recording of the radio broadcast of the proceedings of this Parliament, as it is conveyed to Hansard, had been copied. Such a procedure contravenes the Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Act and I understand such tapes cannot be utilised outside or inside this Parliament, either in an official or non-official way. The proceedings are recorded only for the assistance of Hansard in preparing an accurate record of the proceedings of this Parliament. I ask you, Mr Deputy Speaker, to convey to Mr Speaker a request that he prepare and present to this House, as a matter of some urgency, a clear statement on the rights of members of Parliament and the public with regard to the recording, access to privileged recordings and the distribution and copying of such recordings of the proceedings of this Parliament.

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