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Wednesday, 11 November 1964

Senator HANNAN (Victoria) (2:24 AM) . - Before voting on this amendment, we should realise some of the practical difficulties that are involved in it. As money is involved in the determination of these figures, I wonder Who is to monitor the percentage of time in which this material is transmitted. Is it suggested that the Broadcasting Control Board should appoint an officer to monitor each transmission of each station each week in this particular category? The Broadcasting Control Board has monitors for the general operation of the powers and duties which were given to it by the parent legislation, but inasmuch as such a large amount of money will be involved - about 60s. a day - I presume that some form of confirmation of transmission times and percentages will be required.

Senator Prowse - Is the honorable senator referring to Australian art?

Senator HANNAN - Speaking of Australian art, I noticed that one earlier speaker asked whether "musical" related to works of Australian composers or works of nonAustralians performed in Australia. Is it intended to embrace jingles, incidental music or background music? Does " dramatic material " relate to the work of Australian writers? Must it be indigenous Australian drama?

Senator Wright - Look at the report of the Senate television committee.

Senator HANNAN - I regret to say that the report of the television committee is not embodied in the Bill. If it were, many of my objections would cease forthwith. I remind the Senate that if such a proposal as this is to have any merit, it must be capable of practical administration. Quite apart from the 60s. to which I have already referred, I believe that the cost of extending monitoring services to bring about the benefit which it is alleged will be conferred would be out of all proportion to whatever benefit would actually accrue.

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