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Tuesday, 13 November 1973

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I saw the report to which the honourable senator has referred. Of course, I would not be as familiar with the situation as Senator O'Byrne who comes from that State. In regard to the suggestion in the latter part of his question, I must point out to the honourable senator that it is the policy of this Government to guarantee the political and programming independence of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. I think that the suggestion of the honourable senator has tremendous merit. Certainly I will take up the question with the Chairman of the Australian

Broadcasting Commission, Professor Downing, to see what can be done about the matter. I will also refer the matter to the Australian Broadcasting Control Board to see whether the commercial television and broadcasting stations also are prepared to co-operate.

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