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Wednesday, 31 August 1921


Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) .- I do not know whether Senator Pearce realizes that the films covered by my request are not shown at entertainments to which a charge for admission is made. They are more in the nature of toys designed for the amusement of children, and it is necessary that those of an educational character should have interspersed with them a few of a lighter type in orderto maintain the interest of the children.


Senator Pearce - But a charge is made for admission to entertainments of the kind that are held in the State schools. There are people who cater specially for school entertainments, and make a charge.


Senator ELLIOTT - That can be prevented by the Department of Education. The Victorian Director of Education (Mr. Frank Tate) strongly approves of films of this nature being shown, in schools.


Senator Pearce - If the honorable senator had any boys attending a State school he would often -be asked for the necessary pence for admission to one of these educational picture shows.


Senator ELLIOTT - I am assured that even this seemingly small duty -if id. per lineal foot prevents the Victorian Education Department from obtaining these films. That is why I ask the CommiUee to accept my request to make them free. It will not involve the loss of much revenue.







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