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Wednesday, 23 October 1974
Page: 1913

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - The Opposition has had since 2 October to consider this legislation. When I came into the Senate this afternoon I was given a list of the Opposition's proposed amendments. I was also given the impression that the Opposition would seek to amend this clause. This evening the Opposition decided to change its attitude to that of opposing the clause altogether. We have been debating this clause since about half-past eight and it is now a quarter-past ten. The Opposition is now seeking deferment of the clause to consider its position.

Senator Greenwood - That is in the light of what you have just said.

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) -You have had 3 weeks to come to see me. In the light of what I have just said I am prepared to agree to the deferment of this clause in the hope that it will give you a chance to see some common sense, logic and reason in your point of view. I put on record that the Bill was introduced on 2 October. Today, for the first time, the Opposition told me that it would seek to amend this clause. After the suspension of the sitting for dinner the Opposition told me that it would oppose the clause. Now it is seeking deferment of it for further consideration. Being reasonable and wanting to do all it can to assist in the development of the industry the Government is prepared to defer the matter for consideration either until a later hour in the evening or until the next day of sitting.

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