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Tuesday, 6 December 1983
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Question No. 567

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 22 September 1983:

With regard to the National Advisory Council of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (a) what is the procedure for appointing members, (b) what is the role of the Council, (c) how often and where does it meet, (d) what expenses are paid to the members and (e) what is the cost of the Council's operation.

Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question, based on information supplied by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, is as follows:

(a) The ABC advertised in the press, on radio and television, inviting applications from individuals and from organisations wishing to nominate individuals for membership of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Advisory Council. From these applications, the Board decided upon and recently announced the members of the Advisory Council.

(b) The role of the Advisory Council is as laid down in section 11 and section 82 of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983. Section 11 states that the functions of the Advisory Council are-

either on its own initiatives or at the request of the Board, to furnish advice to the Board on matters relating to broadcasting programs and television programs of the Corporation; and

either on its own initiative or at the request of the Managing Director, to make recommendations to the Managing Director in accordance with subsection 82 ( 7). This subsection concerns the appointment of Community Affairs Officers and a Principal Community Affairs Officer.

(c) The Advisory Council has met once in October 1983 in Sydney. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for February 1984.

(d) In accordance with sections 10 and 11 of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act, the Remuneration Tribunal is to determine the amount of remuneration and allowances to be paid to members of the Advisory Council.

(e) This will depend on the remuneration and allowances set by the Remuneration Tribunal and the number of days on which the council meets each year.