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A conscience clause would certainly be something I would personally welcome. However, I would have doubts about its effectiveness in the absence of other processes at, for example, a management level as to whether it is honoured. I think relying on the employment relationship alone to enforce that clause would push things many years down the line, it would make it -- it would limit its impact.

However, if we do at a later stage discuss the responsibilities of editors and proprietors, perhaps honouring that clause within contracts could be a part of that process. We've seen that in corporate governance, where individuals are required to sign off, to verify and so on, that has an impact on the employment relationships within that organisation. So I think, yes, it would be part of that package, but on its own it would be welcome but probably not a major change to what we've been talking about within this Inquiry.

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