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Wednesday, 18 October 1972
Page: 1694

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Attorney-General received a report on the meeting of Government experts held in Lausanne, Switzerland, in May 1972, to discuss the problems likely to arise from broadcasting via space satellites.

(2)   Was a convention drawn up by the members at the meeting, and does the Attorney-General intend reporting to Parliament on the findings of the meeting.

Senator GREENWOOD-The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) A meeting of Government experts was held in Lausanne, Switzerland, in April 1971 to discuss this matter. A draft of a proposed new convention was drawn up at this meeting. The draft was substantially amended by a second meeting of Government experts held at Paris in May of this year and is expected to be further revised at a third meeting of experts proposed to be held late in 1973. The meeting in 1973 is expected to consider whether a Diplomatic Conference for the adoption of a Convention should be held in 1974. Since the sole purpose of the meetings that have been held has been to prepare a draft document to be considered by a subsequent displomatic conference, it does not appear to me to be necessary to make a report to the Parliament on the proceedings. Copies of the final report of the Lausanne meeting were circulated to interested bodies in Australia to enable them to make representations concerning the attitude that the Australian representative should take at the Paris meeting. Copies of the report of the Paris meeting will be similarly circulated to enable the interested bodies to consider the further draft before the meeting proposed for 1973.

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