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Wednesday, 14 November 1973
Page: 1754


Senator POYSER (VICTORIA) -Is the Minister for the Media aware that among the advertised programs on television last week were 3 Australian feature films to be screened on the major networks? Is this the greatest number of Australian feature films ever shown on television in the one week in Australia? Can the Minister say what additional efforts are being made by him to implement the Government's policy on the development of a viable Australian film industry?


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - In reply to the first portion of the honourable senator's question, yes, it is a fact that last week 3 Australian feature films were shown by the major commercial networks throughout Australia. This is the greatest number of Australian feature films ever shown by the networks in one week. So far as the second portion of the honourable senator's question is concerned, I can tell the honourable senator that I have been endeavouring to persuade international film production companies to consider the production of films in Australia using predominantly Australian labour, in conformity with the Australian Government 's policy of establishing a viable film industry.


The PRESIDENT - Order! I ask the Minister to answer the question and not to debate it.


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I can advise the honourable senator that next week 3 Australian feature films will be at the shooting stage of production simultaneously. Of course, it is also most unusual that 3 feature films should be shot at the one time in Australia.







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