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Friday, 12 September 1969

Mr HULME (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - In his usual way the honourable member for Grayndler has misinterpreted what has been said in the House. What he attributes to me is not in fact the statement that I made. I pointed out yesterday afternoon that a survey in Japan had indicated that 53% of the viewers in Japan were more concerned with the programme content than about whether it was in colour or black and white. The honourable member has put quite a different interpretation on it this morning. I also indicated yesterday that in overseas countries the manufacturers were having great difficulty in selling colour television sets. The Government has been aware that there could be difficulty in this area. This is merely one of the considerations we are taking into account before a date for the introduction of colour television in Australia is determined. I am not in a position to indicate a date when it will be introduced.

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