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Tuesday, 16 October 1973
Page: 2208

The CHAIRMAN - The honourable gentleman has also referred to a Budget statement and to amounts of money which are not mentioned in that clause. I have given the honourable gentleman the direction that he may not debate the subject matter of clause 3 under clause 1. If the Bill is taken as a whole he may say what he wishes about the Bill. If he wants to take it clause by clause he may talk only about each clause individually.

Mr Ian Robinson (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Mr Chairman, clause 1 refers to fees - 1973. Of course, fees have been quite clearly indicated in the Budget-

The CHAIRMAN - The Budget is not before the Committee.

Mr Ian Robinson (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I believe that I am perfectly in order, therefore, in referring to fees.

The CHAIRMAN - Well, I do not. I have ruled that the honourable gentleman is out of order and that is all there is to it.

Mr Ian Robinson (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Of course, Mr Chairman, I can draw your attention to the full wording of clause 1. It reads as follows: 1. (1) This Act may be cited as the Broadcasting Stations Licence Fees Act 1973.

The CHAIRMAN - That is correct.

Mr Ian Robinson (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Mr Chairman,I believe that it is quite appropriate to make reference to the origin of this title, and the origin of it was in fact an announcement made in the Budget.

The CHAIRMAN - That is not correct and it is not relevant.

Mr Ian Robinson (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Well, I will bow to your ruling but I dispute the fact that it is incorrect for it to be referred to at this stage of the proceedings. Accordingly I will now merely indicate that this title reflects a situation in which we find the Government taking a precise action. That action is to set fees. Of course, the fees are the salient point.

The CHAIRMAN - If the honourable gentleman refers to the fees again under this clause I will ask him to resume his seat. I will not make the ruling again. The honourable gentleman may debate clause 3 when we come to clause 3. He may not debate clause 3 when we are debating clause 1.

Mr Daly - I move:

That the question be now put.

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