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Wednesday, 12 December 1973
Page: 2700


Senator HANNAN -I ask the Minister for the Media: What is the present position of the recently announced Cabinet decision to set up an Australian Film Commission with various functions, including those carried out so successfully so far by the Australian Film Development Corporation. While this may possibly be a good overall decision, I ask the Minister to give an assurance that the functions of the Australian Film Development Corporation will be adequately carried out by the new body and that the highly skilled and experienced personnel of the Corporation will not be prejudiced in regard to employment, salary or status by the change.


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES)

Following the report of the Tariff Board, which was commissioned by the McMahon Government, as to what the Tariff Board considered should be done to place the Australian film and television programming industry on a more viable economic basis, the Australian Government has now decided, having considered the Tariff Board's report, to establish an Australian Film Commission, and in so doing it will propose to the Parliament legislation which will repeal the Australian Film Development Corporation Act of 1970. Under the proposed legislation it is intended that the Australian Film Commission will have a much wider ambit than the restrictive ambit afforded to the Australian Film Development Corporation under the Gorton Government's legislation of 1970. The staffing arrangements of the new Commission are a matter for further discussion between me as the Minister for the Media, my colleague the Treasurer and the Public Service Board. Staffing matters also will become part and parcel of the legislation. I assume that most, if not all, of the officers of the Australian Film Development Corporation are employed under the terms of the Public Service Act, and they will therefore be entitled to the general protection provisions of that Act.







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