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Thursday, 22 November 1973

Senator MURPHY -I will look into the matter referred to by the honourable senator. He asked a number of questions about it. I understand that some of the information certainly is correct and I imagine that the rest of it would be. I know that AWA has a substantial Australian element extending beyond the manufacture of television sets and into various transmission equipment items. As to what can be done about misleading advertisements in general, in the case of consumer products it is proposed that there be Australian laws to deal with misleading advertisementsthat is one of the provisions incorporated in the Trade Practices Bill which is now before the Senate- and also that there be standards for the advertising of such products.

When the advertising gets into the area of propaganda and that type of thing, it is a very dangerous area for any government to be introducing any form of supervision or control in.

I think those matters probably are dealt with much better by open conflict of opinion than by any endeavour to touch at all on the area, which is really in some sense an area of political advertisement. But I will look into the matter for the honourable senator. I assure him that misleading advertisements, insofar as they touch the question of goods and services and such matters, is certainly a concern of the Government.

Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson - Are you saying categorically that it was misleading advertising?

Senator MURPHY -No. I said that I would look into it. I have not seen the advertisements. I said that I understood from what Senator Gietzelt had put that some of the information he was giving was correct.

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