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Thursday, 2 December 1976


Mr Garrick (BATMAN, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

(   1 ) What is the attitude of the Government to recent demonstrations in Sydney over the demotion of ABC producer Jennifer Hillier.

(2)   Can he say whether the demotion is seen by some people as another attack on the ABC's special projects branch.

(3)   Can he also say whether there was a large number of signatures from the general public placed on the petitions circulated on this issue.

(4)   Is there any plan to destroy the ABC radio special projects department in accord with the recommendations of the Green Inquiry.

(5)   Does the Government regard the Green Inquiry as free of policitical bias.

(6)   Does the Government consider that the ABC, especially the special projects branch, is fulfilling an important role in providing for a wide spectrum of political and social opinion.


Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's queston is as follows:

(   1 ) to (3) The attitude of the Government is that personnel matters within the ABC are the concern of the Commission.

(4)   to (6) The Government does consider that the ABC is fulfilling an important role in providing for a wide spectrum of political and social opinion. The special projects branch no doubt makes a contribution to the ABC's effort. As the honourable member has now had the opportunity to read the Green Report he will agree that it is free of political bias and does not recommend any action in regard to the special projects branch.

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