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Thursday, 1 July 1926

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- The imposition of a heavier duty on films will not achieve the desired objective. Moving picture entertainments have come to stay, and however we may deplore the fact that many of the pictures now shown are not of the standard we desire, public opinion will eventually ensure the production of better films. The censor and his staff have done excellent work, but more could be done in the direction of educating the public concerning the benefits to be derived by the rising generation if films of a higher standard are produced. No one can reasonably suggest that the imposition of a higher duty will result in films of an educational and inspiring character being displayed. If the imposition of higher duties on films would be a mean3 of excluding those which I consider are not worth showing, I would support higher rates ; but. it will not have that effect. If higher duties are imposed, the proprietors of picture theatres will immediately increase the prices of admission.

Senator Grant - What would the additional cost amount to on each ticket?

Senator PAYNE - It would be only small; but it would enable picture-theatre proprietors to make additional profits. For these reasons, I intend to support the motion of the Minister that the request be not pressed.

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