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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 775


Senator POYSER - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Postmaster-General. Who made the decision to ban the 'Four Corners' programme on the Sydney Town Hall abortion law reform debate addressed by Dr Germain Greer and Dr Colin Clark? On what grounds was the decision made? Can the Minister explain why, notwithstanding the television ban, the Australian Broadcasting Commission is programming edited highlights of the same debate in 'Fact and Opinion' tonight on radio on its first network?


Senator GREENWOOD - I am unaware that any programme on 'Four Corners' was banned and, therefore, am unable to respond to the honourable senator's question; nor am 1 able to give him any grounds for the ban if there was such a ban. I would stress, as I think all honourable senators know, that the programming of the Australian Broadcasting Commission is a matter for the Commission itself, subject to certain statutory exceptions to which no reference has been made. It has been the accepted wish, I think, of the entire Parliament that the programming of the ABC should be conducted independently of political control. I will refer the question to the Postmaster-General. If he feels that there is anything to add to what I have said I am sure he will provide that material.







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