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Wednesday, 28 May 1969

Senator BYRNE (Queensland) - In view of the apparent uncertainty that accompanies the possible application of Senator McClelland's amendment, the implications of which could not be estimated; in view of the fact that the originally intended purport of the provision was to encourage Australian composers; and more particularly in view of the assurance of the Minister that the matter is under consideration and will be given further consideration, I have no doubt that if it is considered warranted and justified and if it is practicable and workable, the Government, at the appropriate time, will do something along the lines suggested by Senator McClelland. I presume that that is implicit in the statement the Minister made. The Australian Democratic Labor Party thinks it would be unwise to disturb the existing position by supporting Senator McClelland's amendment.

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