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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1892

Senator GREEN WOOD (QUEENSLAND) -In terms of the purchase, the ministerial approval was given. I quite agree that it was done under the broad umbrella of legislation. But this is part of the problem with which we are confronted. Is it desirable when one establishes a commission, a body which is designed to be autonomous, to make its decisions subject to what the Minister may decide? The value of establishing a statutory or autonomous corporation is lost when the Minister has that power. If the Minister in this area of film making chooses to use his power politically- I am sorry that Senator Steele Hall feels that in some way Opposition senators are political and Ministers are not- then the misuse of that power is something which ought to arouse objection. And it will. I think that the appropriate point of time to take the objection is when Bills which contain this power are going through the Parliament. That is why we object at this stage to giving that particular power to the Minister.

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