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Friday, 12 September 1969

Mr DALY (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the PostmasterGeneral a question. By way of explanation I refer to his answer to my request for a date for the introduction of colour television to Australia when he said that 53% of Japanese viewers were opposed to it. Is the Minister's statement to be taken to mean that the introduction of colour television is to be postponed because a percentage of the Japanese people does not approve it? If so, will he say whether the 53% of Japanese viewers represented the total population or only television viewers? Do medical reports indicate that the in cidence of colour blindness in Japan is slightly higher than in most countries? If all of these are facts, does it mean that colour television in Australia is to be delayed until the Japanese favour it? If so, what percentage of the Japanese people must favour it for Australia to approve its introduction? Does the Minister consider that it is fair to the television industry in Australia and the Australian people to delay the introduction of colour television on the grounds that the Japanese people do not favour it?

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