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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1884


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - This amendment appears to me to be perfectly harmless, and the Government does not offer any objection to it. However, the wording in the present Bill is taken almost directly from section 4 (2) (c) of the Australian Film Development Corporation Act which states:

In forming an opinion whether a film has or will have a significant Australian content, the Corporation shall have regard to- . . the places of residence of the persons taking part in the making of the film (including authors, musical composers, actors and technicians);

We do not object to Senator Guilfoyle 's amendment to extend this definition to include scriptwriters, editors, producers and directors. However, I point out that the present Bill makes an additional provision to that now included in the Australian Film Development Corporation Act for the new Commission to take into account not only the residence but also the nationality of persons taking part in the making of a film. The Government does not object to this amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Further consideration of clause postponed. Clause 4 agreed to. Clause 5.

(   1 ) The functions of the Commission are-

(a)   to encourage, whether by the provision of financial assistance or otherwise, the making, promotion, distribution and exhibition of Australian films;

(b)   subject to the approval of the Minister, to make, promote, distribute and exhibit any films and, in particular

(i)   films that serve the purposes of a Department of State or an authority of Australia;

(ii)   films that deal with matters of national interest to Australia; and

(iii)   films that are designed to illustrate or interpret aspects of Australia or of the life and activities of the Australian people;

(c)   subject to the approval of the Minister, to provide financial assistance to a State or an authority of a State for the purchase by it of Australian films that are of an educational nature and of national interest or importance; and







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