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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1909

Senator STEELE HALL (South AustraliaLeader of the Liberal Movement) - I am disappointed by the Opposition argument as given by Senator Guilfoyle. It seems to ignore the import of the amendments which are extremely important in the final construction of the clause. I thought they would alter the Opposition's view of the clause immensely. Senator Guilfoyle raises a very important point. I would like to see the Australian film industry helped and not harmed by the deletion of this clause. The honourable senator has said that perhaps we ought to include feature films. I wonder whether the Minister for the Media (Senator Douglas McClelland) is interested in Senator Guilfoyle 's suggestion, which she has initiated, that perhaps feature films should be included. Would the Opposition accept this amendment, therefore, if private feature films were included, with the safeguard, as I have outlined, of parliamentary regulation by the Minister to institute their showing? It seems that the main objection which the honourable senator has is to a possible misuse of ministerial power. Of course that is remedied by my amendment. Her second line of objection is that feature films are not included. I would be happy to add private feature films to my amendment if that would satisfy Senator Guilfoyle.

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