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Thursday, 22 November 1973

Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Has the Leader of the Government in the Senate seen large scale television manufacturers' advertisements claiming that their industry was in danger of losing its independence to foreign influence? This is related to the colour television controversy. Did the Minister note that the advertisements were authorised by the Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia), His Master's Voice, General Electric, Healing, Kriesler, National, Philips, Pye and Thorn companies? Is the Minister aware that HMV- Healing is two-thirds owned by overseas interests; that General Electric is 80 per cent owned by United States interests; that Kriesler, Philips and Pye are substantially owned by Philips of Holland; that Thorn is wholly owned by United Kingdom interests; that National is wholly owned by Japanese interests; and that only AWA is Australian controlled? In the circumstances, will the Minister examine these advertisements and advise whether the Commonwealth has any power to control or remedy misleading advertisements? Does the Government permit all such advertisements to be tax deductible? What remedy lies with the Australian people against excessive and often misleading advertisements?

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