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Tuesday, 9 June 1970

Dr PATTERSON (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) - I ask the Prime Minister a question. Is he aware of the negative and rather dictatorial attitude of the Australian Rugby League Board of Control in refusing to allow the Australian Broadcasting Commission to televise directly to the hundreds of thousands of sport loving Australians, including children, living in provincial cities and country towns an event which is ranked in Australia with the Davis Cup and the cricket ashes as one of the sporting classics? As organised sport is one of the best investments we have for promoting good will and assisting our youth to overcome the many temptations which exist in modern society-

Mr Kelly - Ha, ha.

Dr PATTERSON - I know that Mr Speaker will agree with me - will the Prime Minister, in association with the PostmasterGeneral, use his best endeavours to arrange for the direct televising of the second and third tests, particularly to those areas which in no way can influence the gate? I stress that this is a sporting classic.

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