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Wednesday, 24 March 1965

Senator MCCLELLAND__My question is directed to the Minister representing the Postmaster-General. It relates to the question asked by Senator Cohen. Is the Minister aware that the national television congress held in Sydney last weekend was attended by 320 official delegates representing 141 organisations with a membership of approximately 543,000 plus, of course, many other affiliated bodies? Will the Minister ascertain, and inform the Senate accordingly, why the Australian Broadcasting Commission failed to report to the public any of the findings of such a representative congress which, amongst other things, made constructive suggestions in regard to the operations of television in Australia? Did the Commission join in the efforts of private commercial interests to silence as much as possible the criticism offered by the congress of the irresponsible use of the channels of mass communication, especially television?

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