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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1885

Senator STEELE HALL (South AustraliaLeader of the Liberal Movement) - I understand what Senator Guilfoyle is saying, although I cannot see why the Minister should not have the authority to approve that this clause gives him. Such approval must be given in many other portfolios in which a Minister is responsible for his action in supporting programs in all sorts of financial enterprises. Certainly the clause that we are considering does provide specific assistance to a State or an authority of a State. I suppose the matter that you, Mr Chairman, spoke about in relation to educational films could be handled best by the Minister's approval if we were to obtain the sort of condition in the film industry of which you were speaking.

Senator Guilfoylesaid that the Commission already is to be fully accountable to Parliament. If the Commission is to be fully accountable to Parliament, I can see nothing wrong with giving the Minister the ability to approve, as this clause gives him. It seems to be that it is something of a contradiction to say that the Commission is to be fully accountable to Parliament and then to say that the Minister will not have the authority to approve in the way in which he desires. Certainly I can see no contradiction between the responsibility which is being given to the Minister in this case and the responsibility that is given to other Ministers when they are accomplishing specific targets and programs.

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