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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 2013


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - The Government says that the words that the Opposition seeks to add appear to be quite unnecessary. Honourable senators will appreciate that the Commission has no power to deal with matters beyond its functions as laid down in clause 13 of the Bill. Therefore, the Government -


Senator Rae - This is a ministerial power, not the Commission's power.


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES)

Clause 17. (1) states:

The Minister may, at the request of the Commission, -

I emphasise the words 'at the request of the Commission'- appoint a Committee to assist the Commission in relation to a matter specified in the request.

The Commission will make the request to the Minister for Education (Mr Beazley). The Commission has no power to deal with matters beyond its functions as laid down in clause 13. We say that the additional words appear to be quite unnecessary. Therefore, we cannot agree to the proposition put by Senator Rae. I assume that the Australian Democratic Labor Party intends to support the Liberal Party on this matter. If that Party so indicates, I will not put the Committee to a division. If it does not so indicate, then I will divide the Committee.


Senator Byrne - We are supporting Senator Rae's amendment.


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) -That being so, we lodge our opposition, but I do not intend to divide the Committee.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 17, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 1 8 agree to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report adopted.







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