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Thursday, 24 February 1977
Page: 516

Mr Jull (BOWMAN, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

(1)   What are the present guidelines for children's television programs to be telecast on both Australian Broadcasting Commission and commercial stations.

(2)   Has he directed the new Australian Broadcasting Tribunal to review the situations.

(3   ) If so, is a report on the subject expected.

Mr ERIC ROBINSON (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The present guidelines for children's television programs are those which were drawn up by the former Australian Broadcasting Control Board. These were published by the Board in a booklet entitled 'Television Program Standards' in which standards relating to children's television programs may be found in paragraphs 1 1 to 16. These standards are now administered by the Austrlian Broadcasting Tribunal and apply specifically to commercial stations. However, the Australian Broadcasting Commission also gives voluntary recognition to them as guidelines for the production and presentation of ABC programs.

A Commitee set up by the Board in 1971 (the Children's Television Advisory Committee) produced a report entitled Production Guidelines for Children's Television Programs'. This report was published with the intent of providing broadcasters and television production companies with guidelines in the production of better children 's programs.

(2)   The Minister has directed the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal to hold an inquiry into the extent to which broadcasters should be responsible for the setting and maintaining standards in the production, presentation and content of programs with particular reference to programs directed to chilren and family audiences.

(3)   The Tribunal will provide the Minister with a full report of the inquiry and its recommendations.

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