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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1894

Senator GUILFOYLE (Victoria) -Prior to the suspension of the sitting, the Committee divided on the Opposition's amendment to clause 5. 1 now indicate that the Opposition will not oppose clause 5 in its present form but feels that because the Minister for the Media (Senator Douglas McClelland) has insisted upon his approval being included in the functions of the Commission it is unable to concur with clause 10, which will be dealt with later, which gives him power to require the exhibition of Australian short films. The Opposition believes that the Minister should understand that this is the course of action its proposes to take, bearing in mind -

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I am sorry. What course of action?

Senator GUILFOYLE - That the Opposition would not be able to support the retention of clause 10 as a power of requirment. The wide powers which have now been given to the Minister with regard to the assistance and the encouragement which can be given to films through the

Film Commission cause the Opposition a great deal of disquiet when they are linked with clauses such as clauses 8 and 10. The Opposition feels that, prior to voting on clause 5, it should state its intention with regard to clause 10.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 6 (Powers of Commission).

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