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Friday, 22 May 1970

Mr Jess (LA TROBE, VICTORIA) asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that on the Australian Broadcasting Commission Channel 2 National Programme Four Corners on Saturday, 2nd May 1970, a film was shown purporting to be an investigation of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

(2)   Was there also on the same programme a panel discussing abortion in New South Wales.

(3)   Was the film shown of the R.M.C., Duntroon. filmed in its entirety at the College, or were segments added by the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

(4)   If segments were added, were parts in these segments played by people employed by the A.B.C. and not, as portrayed, by Staff Cadets.

(5)   In connection with the film shown to the panel on abortion activities were any payments made to individuals in the making of this film segment.

(6)   In relation to paragraphs (4) and (5), if payments were made, to whom were they made, and what were the amounts involved.

(7)   Will he make a statement to the House in regard to these incidents.

Mr Hulme - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The 'Four Corners' programme referred to included a filmed report of Duntroon facing the 70's and purporting to be in the context of the Fox Committee Report.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   No. Two segments were added. They were -

(a)   Commonwealth Film Unit footage on training, made available by the Department of the Army.

(b)   A visual reconstruction of the minor forms of bastardisation.

(4)   In 3 (a) as above the roles were played by College Cadets. In 3 (b) as above the role was played by an actor employed by the A.B.C.

(5)   No.

(6)   The actor employed by the A.B.C. (mentioned in answer (4) above) was Mr Robin Prokop. He was paid $16.01.

(7)   The answers to questions (1) to (6) appear to provide the pertinent information.

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