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Wednesday, 7 December 1983
Page: 3460

Question No. 389


Dr Everingham asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 24 August 1983:

(1) Has his attention been drawn to any reports of a telecast twice shown on Public Broadcasting Service television to millions of Americans, and in part or whole in several European countries, entitled Nuclear War: the Incurable Disease featuring the major part of a live broadcast to millions of citizens from Moscow by three prominent physicians from the United States of America and three from the Soviet Union.

(2) Will he obtain the program for the National Film Library or Parliamentary Library from International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, 225 Longwood Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115, United States of America, and recommend it to television stations in Australia.


Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) I draw the honourable member's attention to the answer by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to your question on notice No. 43 (Hansard 6 September 1983 page 437) which stated inter alia that the Department of Foreign Affairs would be in contact with the Parliamentary Library about the possible procurement of a copy of the film. You will be aware that commercial television stations have independence in programming matters under the terms of the Broadcasting and Television Act (1942). In addition the independence of both the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service in programming matters would make it improper for me to make recommendations regarding the televising of Nuclear War: the Incurable Disease.