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Thursday, 23 March 1972
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Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Attorney-General as Minister representing the Postmaster-General. Will the Attorney-General draw to the attention of the Postmaster-General the fact that a young professional boxer was almost killed in a bout which was shown on Channel 7 on 31st January and that he is still in a semi-conscious state in a Melbourne hospital after being in a coma for several weeks? As the Australian Broadcasting Control Board censors violence in many television programmes, will the Minister ask the Postmaster-General to take steps to prevent the horrifying possibility that a boxer will be killed in such a televised bout, thus causing great shock and dismay to a great number of viewers?


Senator GREENWOOD - I do not know whether the regrettable incident to which the honourable senator referred flows more from the fact that boxing is permitted and less from the fact that boxing is permitted to be shown on television. The question does raise a lot of problems. I will refer the question to the Postmaster-General for his consideration. However, I think that, realistically, the matter is one for the Australian Broadcasting Control Board as to whether it feels that this type of violence, with the unfortunate results that might flow from it, should be shown on television.







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