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Wednesday, 26 November 1986
Page: 2784

Senator PUPLICK(3.34) —I move:

That the Senate take note of the paper.

The annual report of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School gives the Senate the opportunity to put on record a few matters about the school. The first thing to be said is to note the change of the name of this institution from the Australian Film and Television School to the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in recognition of the increasingly important role the school plays in training people for their participation in the radio sector of Australian broadcasting and entertainment. It also gives an opportunity to express a high degree of congratulations to Anne Deveson and those others concerned with the school, including its chairman, Mr Skrzynski, for the way in which they have gone about remoulding and reshaping the direction of this particular institution.

The review put in place by Miss Deveson has been a most important one. I think it has put a great deal of new life and vitality back into the school and continues, as a result, to put the school in a position to make a very valuable and important contribution to the training of people, particularly in a technical side of the broadcasting and entertainment industry. I think the most important work the school undertakes is the training of people of high technical quality and skills as well as those whose talents may be regarded as developing more along artistic lines.

It is also important to indicate that in this report we get the first acknowledgment of the outstanding success of a number of the productions from the Film, Television and Radio School students which have been exposed to various domestic and international competitions. I think the Senate would want to be on record as indicating a high degree of pride in the fact that Jane Campion's film Peel was awarded the Palme d'Or at the last Cannes Film Festival as the best short film produced and shown at that major international festival.

The report, on pages 41 and 42, indicates other awards which have been won by students and productions from the Film, Television and Radio School. Although time is short and I have been able to point out only one, in terms of Jane Campion, I think it should also be pointed out that people such as Rob Marchand, with his film The Cellist, and a number of others are properly noted in the report as having been very successful in terms of being judged by their peers and being judged by the industry.

This is an important report. I believe it is one which indicates the value of investment in the long term future of the Australia film, television and radio industry. I congratulate those who have been associated with the school in the last 12 months and I commend the report to the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Order! The time for consideration of Government papers has now expired. A number of papers have not yet been reached, so with the leave of the Senate I will give honourable senators an opportunity to move motions that the Senate take note of a paper and for debate to be then adjourned to the next day of business.